Infringing File Sharing Regime: Process Diagrams
Infringing File Sharing Regime: Process Diagrams
11 September 2014 | By  Rick Shera
Diagrams showing the processes under the Copyright (infringing File Sharing) Amendment Act changes to the Copyright Act 1994. A complicated process when it requires three pages to describe it
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Privacy in the Age of Big Data
Privacy in the Age of Big Data
10 June 2014 | By  Lowndes Jordan
In 2012, Rick Shera was invited by the Privacy Commissioner to speak alongside internationally renowned privacy and security expert, Bruce Schneier. Here, lovingly restored, is Rick's talk ...
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Goodbye to Postal Rule
Goodbye to Postal Rule
04 June 2014 | By  Rick Shera
In the days when most things went by physical post, in envelopes, delivered by actual people, in real life, mostly on bikes, the law developed the the postal rule. It is an exception to the general rule of contract formation ...
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Beware the full frontal selfie
Beware the full frontal selfie
20 April 2014 | By  Rick Shera
Aaron Smith is an All Black rugby player. In New Zealand that means anything he does is newsworthy but it's hard to imagine anything more likely to attract publicity than his full frontal nude selfie that made its way to twitter recently. The way in which this occurred though raises important privacy and criminal law questions.
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The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement: What could it mean for Authors?
The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement: What could it mean for Authors?
11 April 2014 | By  Rick Shera
TPP is described as a free trade agreement, but it is much more than that. It is expected to cover trade in goods, tariff reduction, rules of origin, trade remedies and international dispute resolution, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, technical barriers to trade, trade in services, intellectual property, government procurement and competition policy. Its promoters describe it as a comprehensive, gold standard, 21st Century, future proofed agreement ...
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Updated: Harmful Digital Communications Bill
Updated: Harmful Digital Communications Bill
12 December 2013 | By  Rick Shera
The Harmful Digital Communications Bill would set up an Approved Agency to try, by “negotiation, mediation and persuasion” to deal with harmful material which is posted online..
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Domain name developments
Domain name developments
08 December 2013 | By  Rick Shera
New international domain names. We have mentioned before the introduction of a vast range of new international domain names or gTLDs as they are called...
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Trans Pacific Partnership needs a level playing field
Trans Pacific Partnership needs a level playing field
14 October 2013 | By  Rick Shera
There are plenty of arguments against penalising New Zealand with the US TPP intellectual property proposals. But, if we are to accept those penalties, then the current off the ball issues need to be addressed so that at least we end up on a level playing field.
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Blurring the copyright lines
Blurring the copyright lines
02 September 2013 | By  Rick Shera
A group of Auckland Law School students - Adelaide Dunn, Olivia Lubbock and Zoe Ellwood - have created an excellent parody of the Robin Thicke Blurred Lines video but is it legal? ...
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But is user generated content really advertising?
But is user generated content really advertising?
01 August 2013 | By  Rick Shera
I've written before about what seems to be a difference of opinion between the New Zealand Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) and its Australian cousin, the Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB), as to whether user generated comments (UGC) are subject to their respective codes ...
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New Trademark Clearinghouse for domain names
New Trademark Clearinghouse for domain names
01 July 2013 | By  Rick Shera  | 
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has recently opened its Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) to help trade mark owners protect their brands in anticipation of the impending launch of hundreds of new gTLDs (generic top-level domains).
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The Digital Afterlife
The Digital Afterlife
19 June 2013 | By  Stephanie Nicolson  | Rick Shera
What becomes of our online assets and identity after we die, and how can we ensure that they are treated appropriately by our executors?
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