Lowdown Spring 2012
Lowdown Spring 2012
01 September 2012 | By  Lowndes Jordan
Welcome to the 2012 Spring edition of Lowdown.
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Red tape is not always a bad thing
Red tape is not always a bad thing
12 August 2012 | By  Andrew Wallace
The rules for registering companies and limited partnerships in New Zealand are finally about to get tougher. The Companies and Limited Partnerships Amendment Bill, which proposes to strengthen the rules that apply to the registration of companies and limited partnerships, has just passed its first reading in Parliament...
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Facebook User Generated Content is Advertising (in Australia but not in New Zealand - updated)
Facebook User Generated Content is Advertising (in Australia but not in New Zealand - updated)
06 August 2012 | By  Rick Shera
A decision of the Australian Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB) should send a warning to advertisers - and not just in Australia. In the decision...
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Electronic communication and a virtual cup of tea
Electronic communication and a virtual cup of tea
15 July 2012 | By  Andrew Wallace
If you’ve thought that the ways in which companies communicate with their shareholders and hold their shareholder meetings haven’t kept pace with developments in technology, you are right. Current law is to blame. However, that could be about to change...
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Don’t be surprised if NZX takes a bold approach on diversity
Don’t be surprised if NZX takes a bold approach on diversity
17 June 2012 | By  Andrew Wallace
Should listed companies be required to have a quota of male and female directors? Submissions on the NZX’s proposed diversity rule for listed companies have now closed. What was the general consensus in response, and what might the final rule look like? Many market participants including aspiring directors and senior managers will be interested to know...
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TPP Presentation - transparency
TPP Presentation - transparency
14 June 2012 | By  Rick Shera
I spoke about the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement at the monthly meeting of New Zealand Information Security Forum ...
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Oracle v Google: US-NZ Interoperability
Oracle v Google: US-NZ Interoperability
05 June 2012 | By  Rick Shera
Rather than reading distillations of the Oracle v Google decision on copyrightability of application programming interfaces (APIs), anyone at all interested in the area should read Alsup J's judgment itself ...
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Lowdown Winter 2012
Lowdown Winter 2012
01 June 2012 | By  Lowndes Jordan
Welcome to the 2012 Winter edition of Lowdown.
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The Megaupload Saga: An Introduction
The Megaupload Saga: An Introduction
31 May 2012 | By  Rick Shera
Megaupload is described as the biggest copyright case in history. The prosecution seeks to convict those it says have engaged in a worldwide criminal "Mega Conspiracy ... with estimated harm to copyright holders well in excess of US$500 million". The issuing of a criminal indictment in the United States of America on 5 January 2012 ...
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Courts Prepared to Recompense Aggrieved Shareholders
Courts Prepared to Recompense Aggrieved Shareholders
20 May 2012 | By  Andrew Wallace
A fellow shareholder has gone off the rails and is causing the company to do various things which are to your detriment. What do you do?
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Greg Ham: Copyright sadness
Greg Ham: Copyright sadness
20 April 2012 | By  Rick Shera
Saddened to hear that the death of Greg Ham of Men at Work may in part be down to overbearing application of copyright law ...
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Draft NZ Cloud Computing Code - Submission
Draft NZ Cloud Computing Code - Submission
16 April 2012 | By  Rick Shera
The New Zealand Computer Society's consultation on the draft NZ Cloud Computing Code of Practice closed a little while ago. Here's Rick Shera's submission ...
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