First Major Harmful Digital Communications Act case to be appealed
First Major Harmful Digital Communications Act case to be appealed
31 January 2017 | By  Rick Shera
It will be interesting to see whether the High Court on appeal can overcome the lack of evidence that saw a revenge porn victim's Harmful Digital Communications Act case rejected in the District Court ... Read More →
First Major Harmful Digital Communications Act case to be appealed
First Major Harmful Digital Communications Act case to be appealed
31 January 2017 | By  Rick Shera
It will be interesting to see whether the High Court on appeal can overcome the lack of evidence that saw a revenge porn victim's Harmful Digital Communications Act case rejected in the District Court ...
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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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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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TPP Could Block Copyright Fair Use
TPP Could Block Copyright Fair Use
31 August 2015 | By  Rick Shera
Imagine that - we negotiate away copyright concessions to the US in TPP, only to find that the same lobbyists sitting in behind those negotiations then use the ISDS provisions of the same agreement to argue against us introducing fair use or to lodge a claim against the New Zealand Government if we do ...
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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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Action Required: Huge change for New Zealand domain name space
Action Required: Huge change for New Zealand domain name space
23 September 2014 | By  Rick Shera
From 1pm, 30 September 2014, you will be able register directly in the top level .nz domain space. So, you'll be able to get [anyname].nz rather than [anyname].co.nz or [anyname].org.nz, for example. This is a huge change - the biggest since .nz began around 25 years ago.
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Infringing File Sharing Regime: Process Diagrams
Infringing File Sharing Regime: Process Diagrams
11 September 2014 | By  Rick Shera
Diagrams showing the processes under the Copyright (infringing File Sharing) Amendment Act changes to the Copyright Act 1994. A complicated process when it requires three pages to describe it
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Privacy in the Age of Big Data
Privacy in the Age of Big Data
10 June 2014 | By  Lowndes Jordan
In 2012, Rick Shera was invited by the Privacy Commissioner to speak alongside internationally renowned privacy and security expert, Bruce Schneier. Here, lovingly restored, is Rick's talk ...
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Goodbye to Postal Rule
Goodbye to Postal Rule
04 June 2014 | By  Rick Shera
In the days when most things went by physical post, in envelopes, delivered by actual people, in real life, mostly on bikes, the law developed the the postal rule. It is an exception to the general rule of contract formation ...
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Beware the full frontal selfie
Beware the full frontal selfie
20 April 2014 | By  Rick Shera
Aaron Smith is an All Black rugby player. In New Zealand that means anything he does is newsworthy but it's hard to imagine anything more likely to attract publicity than his full frontal nude selfie that made its way to twitter recently. The way in which this occurred though raises important privacy and criminal law questions.
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Updated: Harmful Digital Communications Bill
Updated: Harmful Digital Communications Bill
12 December 2013 | By  Rick Shera
The Harmful Digital Communications Bill would set up an Approved Agency to try, by “negotiation, mediation and persuasion” to deal with harmful material which is posted online..
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