Copyright Cheapskates
Copyright Cheapskates
01 June 2011 | By  Rick Shera
I've drafted, or been involved with, a number of responses to the Ministry of Economic Development's Discussion Paper on the Regulations (PDF) envisaged by the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Act 2011 (including those of the Telecommunications Carriers' Forum (PDF) and InternetNZ) ...
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The Low Down - Autumn 2011
The Low Down - Autumn 2011
01 April 2011 | By  Lowndes Jordan
Welcome to the 2011 Autumn edition of the Low Down. In this edition we cover some critical Law Changes in force, as well as impending law changes In the Works. We also update you as to Our People.
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US wants to take an axe to New Zealand IP law (updated)
US wants to take an axe to New Zealand IP law (updated)
16 March 2011 | By  Rick Shera
It's one way of negotiating the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) I guess. Leak a document containing multiple extreme positions and then gracefully back down in the face of inevitable objection ...
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The Low Down - Special Edition March 2011
The Low Down - Special Edition March 2011
14 March 2011 | By  Lowndes Jordan
There are many legislative changes to the Employment Relations Act 2000 and the Holidays Act 2003 coming into force from 1 April 2011. You will need to review your HR practices and employment agreements and policies to ensure you comply with these changes. We set out brief details of some of these below.
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Prof Susi Frankel to talk on intellectual property aspects of Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)
Prof Susi Frankel to talk on intellectual property aspects of Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)
22 February 2011 | By  Rick Shera
As a member of IPSANZ, I've just been sent a flyer for a series of talks being given by Professor Susi Frankel of Victoria University, in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch, entitled: A US Free Trade Agreement: Important Implications for IP Laws in New Zealand ...
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ISP name suppression proposal needs fixing
ISP name suppression proposal needs fixing
04 February 2011 | By  Rick Shera
Yesterday, I spoke at InternetNZ's very useful workshop on New Zealand's proposed re-write of our name suppression law, along with District Court Judge Harvey, Dr Warren Young of the Law Commission, Tim Pankhurst of the Newspaper Publishers' Association (representing all major daily and weekly newspaper publishers) and David Farrar of kiwiblog. My interest, as I've noted before, is with section 216, which takes the tradtional DMCA ISP notice and take down ...
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The Low Down - Summer 2010
The Low Down - Summer 2010
14 January 2011 | By  Lowndes Jordan
Welcome to the 2010 Christmas December edition of the Low Down. In this edition we cover some critical Law Changes in force, as well as impending law changes In the Works. We also update you as to Our People.
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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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