Dotcom Decision: Some Initial Observations
Dotcom Decision: Some Initial Observations
21 February 2017 | By  Rick Shera
These are just some initial thoughts, but it is clear that no matter what happens on appeal, this case will have signification ramifications in both the copyright and criminal law spheres ... Read More →
Dotcom Decision: Some Initial Observations
Dotcom Decision: Some Initial Observations
21 February 2017 | By  Rick Shera
These are just some initial thoughts, but it is clear that no matter what happens on appeal, this case will have signification ramifications in both the copyright and criminal law spheres ...
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Harmful Digital Communications Act - Update
Harmful Digital Communications Act - Update
21 December 2015 | By  Rick Shera
The Harmful Digital Communications Act 2015 was passed into law with the changes suggested by the Select Committee incorporated ...
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Privacy Implications of Westpac's Release of Nicky Hager's Personal Information
Privacy Implications of Westpac's Release of Nicky Hager's Personal Information
28 October 2015 | By  Rick Shera
We've heard this week that Westpac Bank voluntarily provided the New Zealand Police with author Nicky Hager's bank account information, without requiring a production order or warrant from the Court. The information was apparently requested on the basis that it might reveal information about the person known as Rawshark ...
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Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement Negotiation Concluded
Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement Negotiation Concluded
12 October 2015 | By  Rick Shera
After more than half a decade, the negotiation of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement between Australia, Brunei, ​Canada, Chile​, ​Japan​, Malaysia​, Mexico​, New Zealand, Peru​, Singapore, United States​ of America and Vietnam, concluded in Atlanta, Georgia, USA on 5 October 2015 ...
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How to Slam a Cyber-squatter
How to Slam a Cyber-squatter
25 September 2015 | By  Rick Shera
The .nz domain name dispute resolution service has been successful in providing an inexpensive, fast track method for people who have rights in a domain name to prevent those who do not - so called cyber-squatters - from using that name. However, sometimes, even that is not fast enough, especially where there is fraud involved ...
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Data is not property says NZ Court of Appeal
Data is not property says NZ Court of Appeal
20 October 2014 | By  Rick Shera
The appeal in ​​​Watchorn v R [2014] NZCA 493 continues the Court of Appeal's narrow interpretation of what is meant by the word "property" in the computer crimes sections of the Crimes Act. The case involves Mr Watchorn, an employee of TAG Oil, downloading what the Court of Apeal describes as "extensive and sensitive geoscience data from TAG’s computer system onto a portable hard drive". ​​According to the penultimate appellate authority in New Zealand, that is not property.
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