Manifestly Unjust?
Manifestly Unjust?
13 March 2013 | By  Rick Shera
A few things to note from the most recent decision of the Copyright Tribunal in RIANZ v CAL2012-E000609 [2013] NZCOP 5 (see sidebar pdf), issued on 7 March 2013. The case involved a soldier who submitted he was overseas serving in Afghanistan when the infringements took place ...
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Third copyright strike for 3strikesnz
Third copyright strike for 3strikesnz
20 February 2013 | By  Rick Shera
The third decision of the New Zealand Copyright Tribunal under our graduated response, infringing file sharing, "3 strikes", regime has just been issued ...
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Irish Court says Facebook doesn't have to filter posts
Irish Court says Facebook doesn't have to filter posts
13 February 2013 | By  Rick Shera
It's good to see Courts in various jurisdictions getting it. They understand that it is practically impossible and legally unjustified to try to impose on online service providers a duty to filter or otherwise proactively monitor content as it is uploaded and shared ...
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Google avoids liability in NZ
Google avoids liability in NZ
25 September 2012 | By  Rick Shera
It had to happen - Google getting sued here for search results linking to allegedly defamatory material - it's happened in most other jurisdictions (with mixed results). In this case, A, a medical practitioner...
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Don't Surf the Web
Don't Surf the Web
10 September 2012 | By  Rick Shera
A colleague sent me the sentencing remarks for Anton Vickerman (link is to a pdf download - decision also available below), who was sentenced to 4 years imprisonment...
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Facebook User Generated Content is Advertising (in Australia but not in New Zealand - updated)
Facebook User Generated Content is Advertising (in Australia but not in New Zealand - updated)
06 August 2012 | By  Rick Shera
A decision of the Australian Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB) should send a warning to advertisers - and not just in Australia. In the decision...
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TPP Presentation - transparency
TPP Presentation - transparency
14 June 2012 | By  Rick Shera
I spoke about the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement at the monthly meeting of New Zealand Information Security Forum ...
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Oracle v Google: US-NZ Interoperability
Oracle v Google: US-NZ Interoperability
05 June 2012 | By  Rick Shera
Rather than reading distillations of the Oracle v Google decision on copyrightability of application programming interfaces (APIs), anyone at all interested in the area should read Alsup J's judgment itself ...
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The Megaupload Saga: An Introduction
The Megaupload Saga: An Introduction
31 May 2012 | By  Rick Shera
Megaupload is described as the biggest copyright case in history. The prosecution seeks to convict those it says have engaged in a worldwide criminal "Mega Conspiracy ... with estimated harm to copyright holders well in excess of US$500 million". The issuing of a criminal indictment in the United States of America on 5 January 2012 ...
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Greg Ham: Copyright sadness
Greg Ham: Copyright sadness
20 April 2012 | By  Rick Shera
Saddened to hear that the death of Greg Ham of Men at Work may in part be down to overbearing application of copyright law ...
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Draft NZ Cloud Computing Code - Submission
Draft NZ Cloud Computing Code - Submission
16 April 2012 | By  Rick Shera
The New Zealand Computer Society's consultation on the draft NZ Cloud Computing Code of Practice closed a little while ago. Here's Rick Shera's submission ...
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iiNet Copyright Decision Imminent
iiNet Copyright Decision Imminent
13 April 2012 | By  Rick Shera
The long awaited decision of the High Court of Australia in Roadshow Films Pty Limited & Ors v iiNet limited is scheduled to be handed down next Friday 20 April 2012 (ASX announcement by iiNet) ...
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