IRD Warning on Employee Share Purchase Arrangements
IRD Warning on Employee Share Purchase Arrangements
24 November 2015 | By  Rick Shera
The IRD has issued a warning about employee share purchase arrangements that you'd do well to check if you are considering one or have one in place ...
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Updated: Was a Silver Fern Flag Rejected for IP Reasons?
Updated: Was a Silver Fern Flag Rejected for IP Reasons?
16 November 2015 | By  Rick Shera
As noted previously, intellectual property issues seem to have dogged the #nzflag selection process. However, one potentially popular option is repeatedly referenced as having been discounted because of an IP issue and that of course is the silver/white fern on plain black, another of Kyle Lockwood's submissions ...
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Privacy Implications of Westpac's Release of Nicky Hager's Personal Information
Privacy Implications of Westpac's Release of Nicky Hager's Personal Information
28 October 2015 | By  Rick Shera
We've heard this week that Westpac Bank voluntarily provided the New Zealand Police with author Nicky Hager's bank account information, without requiring a production order or warrant from the Court. The information was apparently requested on the basis that it might reveal information about the person known as Rawshark ...
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Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement Negotiation Concluded
Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement Negotiation Concluded
12 October 2015 | By  Rick Shera
After more than half a decade, the negotiation of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement between Australia, Brunei, ​Canada, Chile​, ​Japan​, Malaysia​, Mexico​, New Zealand, Peru​, Singapore, United States​ of America and Vietnam, concluded in Atlanta, Georgia, USA on 5 October 2015 ...
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How to Slam a Cyber-squatter
How to Slam a Cyber-squatter
25 September 2015 | By  Rick Shera
The .nz domain name dispute resolution service has been successful in providing an inexpensive, fast track method for people who have rights in a domain name to prevent those who do not - so called cyber-squatters - from using that name. However, sometimes, even that is not fast enough, especially where there is fraud involved ...
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UPDATED: #Redpeak Intellectual Property Issue?
UPDATED: #Redpeak Intellectual Property Issue?
15 September 2015 | By  Rick Shera
The intellectual property issues around the #nzflag process are very interesting. IP was one of the things that had to be taken into consideration by the flag consideration panel ...
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TPP Could Block Copyright Fair Use
TPP Could Block Copyright Fair Use
31 August 2015 | By  Rick Shera
Imagine that - we negotiate away copyright concessions to the US in TPP, only to find that the same lobbyists sitting in behind those negotiations then use the ISDS provisions of the same agreement to argue against us introducing fair use or to lodge a claim against the New Zealand Government if we do ...
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It’s happened in Australia.  Could a copyright owner force an ISP to give up alleged copyright infringers’ names in New Zealand?
It’s happened in Australia. Could a copyright owner force an ISP to give up alleged copyright infringers’ names in New Zealand?
11 April 2015 | By  Rachael Cederwall  | Rick Shera
The Federal Court of Australia has decided that Australian ISPs must provide users’ details to Voltage Pictures, the owner of the copyright in the film Dallas Buyers Club. But, could this happen in New Zealand? Is there scope for a New Zealand court to make a similar order under New Zealand’s pre-trial discovery rules? ...
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Video of Rick Shera's Keynote address to National Digital Forum Conference 2014 - Teh Intarweb: It'll be the death of us all
Video of Rick Shera's Keynote address to National Digital Forum Conference 2014 - Teh Intarweb: It'll be the death of us all
04 December 2014 | By  Rick Shera
What happens to our digital assets - the things we post online on social media platforms, blogs etc and to our social media accounts themselves, after we die?
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Data is not property says NZ Court of Appeal
Data is not property says NZ Court of Appeal
20 October 2014 | By  Rick Shera
The appeal in ​​​Watchorn v R [2014] NZCA 493 continues the Court of Appeal's narrow interpretation of what is meant by the word "property" in the computer crimes sections of the Crimes Act. The case involves Mr Watchorn, an employee of TAG Oil, downloading what the Court of Apeal describes as "extensive and sensitive geoscience data from TAG’s computer system onto a portable hard drive". ​​According to the penultimate appellate authority in New Zealand, that is not property.
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Action Required: Huge change for New Zealand domain name space
Action Required: Huge change for New Zealand domain name space
23 September 2014 | By  Rick Shera
From 1pm, 30 September 2014, you will be able register directly in the top level .nz domain space. So, you'll be able to get [anyname].nz rather than [anyname].co.nz or [anyname].org.nz, for example. This is a huge change - the biggest since .nz began around 25 years ago.
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User Generated Content hosts breathe sigh of relief
User Generated Content hosts breathe sigh of relief
23 September 2014 | By  Rick Shera
The New Zealand Court of Appeal has just released its much awaited decision in the ​Murray v Wishart defamation strikeout case. The case concerned​​ a campaign run by Mr and Mrs Murray, on Facebook and twitter​​, against the publication of a book by Mr Wishart and his publishing company concerning the death of the young Kahui twins.
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