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Australia’s largest electrical energy generator largely misplaced its courtroom case alleging environmental group Greenpeace had breached copyright and trademark legal guidelines by utilizing its emblem in a marketing campaign that described the corporate because the nation’s “largest local weather polluter”. 

On Tuesday, Justice Stephen Burley dominated that AGL Vitality had failed in its trademark infringement declare and failed in its copyright infringement declare for the entire makes use of of the brand besides for 3 social media posts in addition to some images and placards.

Decide Burley denied AGL’s request for damages.

Greenpeace had argued the Federal Court docket case had important implications for charities and advocacy teams.

Greenpeace additionally described AGL as the most recent fossil gas company to hunt to stifle dissent by litigation.

Within the internet marketing marketing campaign, Greenpeace Australia Pacific accused AGL, which predominantly generates coal-fired electrical energy, of “greenwashing” by selling itself as a number one investor in renewable vitality.

The marketing campaign used the AGL emblem and featured the slogan, “AGL – Australia’s Biggest Legal responsibility”.

AGL unsuccessfully utilized for an interim courtroom order in early Might that will have pressured Greenpeace to cease utilizing the brand.

Greenpeace argued throughout a one-day listening to final week that Australian trademark regulation permits for the brand for use for satire, parody and criticism.

AGL lawyer Megan Evetts instructed the courtroom there was a “clear intention to hurt the model” by the Greenpeace marketing campaign.

“AGL isn’t in search of to stifle public debate. What it’s in search of to do is shield itself, shield its mental property rights,” Ms Evetts mentioned.

Greenpeace lawyer Neil Murray instructed the courtroom the marketing campaign didn’t breach the regulation as a result of it didn’t use the AGL trademark in a commerce context and its motives had been “pure”.

AGL accepted in its newest annual report that it was Australia’s largest greenhouse fuel emitter with plans to proceed producing electrical energy by burning coal till 2048, Murray mentioned.

The marketing campaign was geared toward ending Australian reliance on coal-fired energy by 2030, as really useful by the Intergovernmental Panel on Local weather Change.

Australia’s Clear Vitality Regulator confirms that AGL is the nation’s largest greenhouse fuel polluter, accounting for 8 per cent of the nation’s complete emissions.

Greenpeace and AGL should return to courtroom on Wednesday to supply wording for orders to offer the choose’s verdict impact.

AP

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