Grant, Ryan

Ryan Grant

Associate
Baker & McKenzie

Biography

Ryan Grant is a senior associate in the contentious side of the Media & Content Group in Sydney. Ryan joined Baker McKenzie as a graduate in early 2007 after completing his clerkship at the Firm in 2005/2006. Ryan has acted for national and international media and technology companies in relation to disputes in the areas of copyright, defamation, including online defamation, misleading or deceptive conduct and general commercial disputes over technology. Many of these disputes involve issues that have never been litigated in Australia. Ryan also provides pre-publication clearance advice to his media clients.

Prior to joining the Firm, Ryan worked as a software developer and was contracted to a Federal Government department. He also holds a Bachelor of Information Technology.

Practice Focus

Ryan focuses his practice on advising and acting for media companies in litigious matters, particularly in the areas of defamation, intellectual property, information technology and commercial law.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Acted for SingTel Optus in the copyright dispute with the NRL, AFL and Telstra regarding the Optus TV Now cloud-based PVR service:

    • SingTel Optus v NRL (No 2) [2012] FCA 34,

    • NRL v SingTel Optus [2012] FCAFC 59; and

    • SingTel Optus Pty Ltd & Anor v Australian Rugby Football League Limited & Ors [2012] HCATrans 214.

This matter was the first time that an Australian court had determined the maker of a copyright work in the context of a cloud service.

  • Acted for a search engine provider in relation to the issue of whether search engine could be a publisher for the purposes of defamation.

  • Acted for GM Holden Limited in an urgent injunction action to recover documents mistakenly released to the Australian Financial Review by the Commonwealth in response to a Freedom of Information request: Commonwealth of Australia v Fairfax Media Ltd & Anor [2012] NSWSC 1336.

  • Acted for Melanie Brown (aka Mel B) in a contractual dispute (that involved an urgent injunction and an expedited timetable) between her and the Seven Network, which also involved the Nine Network: Seven Network (Operations) Limited v Melanie Brown [2013] NSWSC 372.

  • Acted for Harbour Radio, the licensee for Sydney radio station 2GB, in the administrative law application against the ACMA in relation to new commercial radio disclosure standards: Harbour Radio v ACMA [2012] FCA 614 and Harbour Radio v ACMA [2012] FCA 439.

  • Acted for Peter Holmes a Court in the successful appeal of the defamation action brought by Tony Papaconstuntinos and successful defence of an appeal to the High Court by Mr. Papaconstuntinos:

    • Holmes a Court v Papaconstuntinos [2010] NSWCA 329; and

    • Papaconstuntinos v Holmes a Court [2012] HCA 53.

The proceedings focused on the defence of qualified privilege.

  • Advised FetchTV (the first internet protocol television (IPTV) into the Australian market) in relation to its regulatory obligations under the Broadcasting Services Act.

  • Acts for online, radio and television media agencies in relation to the defence of racial vilification and defamation actions, including:

    • acting for Harbour Radio and Nine in Ekermawi v Administrative Decision Tribunal [2011] NSWSC 1503 and Ekermawi v Harbour Radio Pty Ltd [2013] NSWCA 54; and

    • acting for Nine in Burns v Nine Network Australia Pty Ltd (GD) [2011] NSWADTAP 25.

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Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Communications and Media Law Association - Young Lawyers Committee
  • Internet Association Task Force - Member

Admissions

  • New South Wales~Australia (2007)

Education

  • College of Law (Grad DipLP) (2007)
  • University of New South Wales (LL.B.) (2006)
  • Bond University (Bachelor of Information Technology double major in software engineering & internet technology) (2002)

Languages

  • English