A Kiwi Questions the Australian Yellow Pages decision
A Kiwi Questions the Australian Yellow Pages decision
22 December 2010 | By  Rick Shera
I've just got around to reading the Federal Court of Australia's decision in Telstra Corporation Limited v Phone Directories Company Pty Limited [2010] FCAFC 149 ...
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French copyright holders are sending 50,000 notices per day. What does that mean for us?
French copyright holders are sending 50,000 notices per day. What does that mean for us?
17 December 2010 | By  Rick Shera
Techdirt reports that copyright holders (not necessarily original creators; more likely rights owning organisations like RIAA and MPA) are angry that HADOPI, the French Government clearing house for copyright infringement claims, is only sending on to alleged infringers a small percentage of the 50,000 notices it receives every day ...
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Copyright liability for someone else's file sharing
Copyright liability for someone else's file sharing
09 December 2010 | By  Rick Shera
One of the major changes which would be made by the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill is to make an internet account holder liable for any file sharing infringement that occurs using that internet connection, whether the account holder knows about it or not ...
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Open letter to Minister Power on Copyright Bill
Open letter to Minister Power on Copyright Bill
09 December 2010 | By  Rick Shera
I've made my views on the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill, well known on this blog and elsewhere. We've certainly come a long way since the three strikes, guilt upon accusation, section 92A but there are still some wrinkles that need to be ironed out. So, I've joined InternetNZ ...
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Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Bust-up
Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Bust-up
06 December 2010 | By  Rick Shera
There are so many leaks of "official" information these days It's hard to keep up, but I've just read what is apparently a paper submitted by New Zealand negotiators on the intellectual property aspects of the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement ...
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TPP: Son of ACTA secrecy
TPP: Son of ACTA secrecy
26 November 2010 | By  Rick Shera
It is disappointing to see a return to original ACTA-like secrecy in the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations in terms of the text
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Regulating that new fangled wild west internet thingy
Regulating that new fangled wild west internet thingy
22 November 2010 | By  Rick Shera
Simon Power - law reform Minister extraordinaire - recently pronounced the internet the "wild west" and has therefore asked to the Law Commission to see how he can plug the gaps ...
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The Low Down – Special Trusts Edition November 2010
The Low Down – Special Trusts Edition November 2010
12 November 2010 | By  Lowndes Jordan
There have been recent legislative changes affecting the distribution of beneficiary income of a trust and more recently, policy announcements as to the repeal of gift duty. In this Special Edition of the Low Down, we take a closer look at those changes and how they will affect you and your trust administration.
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NZ's copyright proposal: Guilty until you prove you're innocent (updated)
NZ's copyright proposal: Guilty until you prove you're innocent (updated)
05 November 2010 | By  Rick Shera
It's like Groundhog day. Back in 2008, after the Parliamentary Select Committee had removed section 92A from the Copyright (New Technologies) Amendment Bill, it was reintroduced unannounced on April Fools Day in an SOP just a week before the Bill was passed into law. The problem with section 92A ...
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One step closer to NZ's copyright graduated response regime
One step closer to NZ's copyright graduated response regime
03 November 2010 | By  Rick Shera
The hurricane is now visible. Well. actually, compared to the original section 92A or even the original Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill, the Bill as just reported back from Select Committee is more like a gentle zephyr and whether it will have much impact remains to be seen ...
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Don't transfer copyright that you need
Don't transfer copyright that you need
02 November 2010 | By  Rick Shera
A tweet from Brenda Wallace (@BR3NDA) reminded me of an issue I've been meaning to raise - copyright in code that you as a coder write for someone else ...
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The pirates are coming! The pirates are coming!
The pirates are coming! The pirates are coming!
27 October 2010 | By  Rick Shera
It's always fun to take a look at releases from RIANZ on copyright (tweeting under the name @lovemusicnz). I like to see how an industry which is delivering better returns to musicians and composers year on year will try to convince us that it is foundering at the hands of those dastardly p2p pirates ...
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