NZ Law Society wants people kicked off internet completely (updated)
NZ Law Society wants people kicked off internet completely (updated)
28 July 2010 | By  Rick Shera
I'm a member of the NZ Law Society. So, I am interested to see that my Society is up tomorrow before the Select Committee dealing with the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill ...
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Makes me ashamed to be a lawyer
Makes me ashamed to be a lawyer
28 July 2010 | By  Rick Shera
Most people reading this will know about the John Doe lawsuits filed in the US alleging p2p copyright infringement of the Hurt Locker (among other films). They are referred to as John Doe proceedings because, at the time they are filed, the plaintiff does not know the identity of the defendants ...
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Hector's World Gets Rave Review
Hector's World Gets Rave Review
28 July 2010 | By  Rick Shera
Liz Butterfield, Managing Director of Hectors World (of which I have the privilege of being chair), just rang me to let me know that an influential US blog (which we've never heard of or had any contact with) has issued a rave review supporting what we are doing ...
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A More Flexible Copyright law
A More Flexible Copyright law
27 July 2010 | By  Rick Shera
Technological change continues to happen at breakneck speed. As I've discussed in relation to areas such as book publishing, what used to be lucrative business models have to adapt or are liable to destruction almost overnight ...
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Judge Harvey Goes Web 2.0
Judge Harvey Goes Web 2.0
26 July 2010 | By  Rick Shera
Auckland District Court Judge David Harvey, author of internet.law.nz, is one of New Zealand’s most net savvy jurists. A good thing then that he was assigned to hear the case Department of Internal Affairs v. TV Works Limited ...
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The Low Down - Winter 2010
The Low Down - Winter 2010
12 July 2010 | By  Lowndes Jordan
Welcome to the 2010 Winter edition of the Low Down. In this edition we cover some critical Law Changes in force. We also Celebrate the Success of more of our clients and update you as to Our People.
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Courts moving into the digital age
Courts moving into the digital age
09 July 2010 | By  Rick Shera
Good to see the passing of the Courts (Remote Participation) Act 2010, which will allow greater use of audio-visual tools in the giving of evidence ...
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Does Downunder really infringe Kookaburra?
Does Downunder really infringe Kookaburra?
07 July 2010 | By  Rick Shera
EMI and Men at Work, having earlier lost to Larrikin Music on Larrikin's claim that Downunder infringed copyright in the Aussie folk song Kookaburra sits in old gum tree, have now been ordered to pay royalties (although nowhere near ...
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eBooks and new business models (updated)
eBooks and new business models (updated)
06 July 2010 | By  Rick Shera
It is easy to fall into the trap of taking the arguments used by the music and film industries as proxies for the general rights holder community. Equally, the counter-arguments of fair-use and free and open internet adherents tend ...
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iiNet Costs award
iiNet Costs award
28 June 2010 | By  Rick Shera
I have previously commented on the very important decision in the iiNet copyright case (where Australia's 3rd biggest ISP, iiNet, was found not liable for authorising p2p infringement by its customers). An appeal is to be heard in August this year ...
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New Companies Office Site: When is a director not a director?
New Companies Office Site: When is a director not a director?
28 June 2010 | By  Rick Shera
The new Companies Office site launched over the weekend is excellent in terms of layout, functionality and speed. As Chris Keall says, dispensing with often grindingly slow Java dialogue boxes provides a welcome relief ....
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UK and Canada move copyright goalposts for NZ
UK and Canada move copyright goalposts for NZ
03 June 2010 | By  Rick Shera
First UK, in its Digital Economy Act, and now Canada in its C-32 Bill, have gone with notice and notice, rather than 3 strikes, graduated response or whatever one wants to call the offspring of the now infamous US DMCA. New Zealand should ...
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