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 ... Read More →
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 ... Read More →
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 ... Read More →
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 .... Read More →
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 ... Read More →
Googlebooks Settlement and Privacy
27 May 2010 | By Rick Shera
Two posts in as many weeks on the Googlebooks settlement. No, I am not fixated … well, maybe just a little. But, I think that's understandable because, for me, this settlement ticks all my professional "interest" boxes.At 300+ pages, it is a hugely complex legal labyrinth requiring ... Read More →
What is wrong with the Googlebooks settlement?
20 May 2010 | By Rick Shera
For the last 8 months or so, I've been providing pro bono assistance to the New Zealand Society of Authors in their objections to the Google Books settlement. The NZSA lodged an objection ... Read More →
Welcome to the 2010 Autumn edition of the Low Down. In this edition we cover some critical Law Changes in force. We also Celevbrate the Success of more of our clients and update you as to Our People. Read More →
Welcome to the 2009 Spring 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. Read More →
Welcome to the 2009 Winter 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 Celebrate the Success of more of our clients and update you as to Our People. Read More →