Megaupload 4 get their internet access back
Megaupload 4 get their internet access back
02 April 2012 | By  Rick Shera
After an erudite exposition of the human right nature of internet access by His Honour District Court Judge David Harvey (NZ's most tech savvy jurist), the USA not surprisingly acceded to the accuseds' request to be allowed internet access ...
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Don't like that Court ruling? Sue the Government to have it changed
Don't like that Court ruling? Sue the Government to have it changed
29 March 2012 | By  Rick Shera
I wrote earlier about the issues with the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) investor-state provisions. Those are the provisions which would enable a foreign investor to sue a Government if that Government's proposed law changes would negatively impact a company's investment in that country ...
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Copyright 3strikes price review
Copyright 3strikes price review
16 March 2012 | By  Rick Shera
As promised, MED is consulting on the $25 maximum fee which may be charged by IPAPs (ISPs) for processing notices for copyright owners and otherwise performing IPAP obligations under the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Act 2011 ...
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Anonymised Data in the UK and US: Seminar
Anonymised Data in the UK and US: Seminar
14 February 2012 | By  Rick Shera
The New Zealand Information Security Forum is hosting a special 1 hour seminar from a couple of visiting experts ...
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Copyright: Death by Digitisation?
Copyright: Death by Digitisation?
09 February 2012 | By  Rick Shera
Just a quick post triggered by two court cases from opposite sides of the world. In the first, Optus in Australia succeeded at first instance in batting away a claim that its TVNow product infringes copyright in the National Rugby League/Australian Football League's programmes ...
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Updated: IFPI on New Zealand: Good and Bad
Updated: IFPI on New Zealand: Good and Bad
25 January 2012 | By  Rick Shera
I see IFPI (the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) has published what it calls its annual "report card" ...
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Cloud Code defence to Megaupload claims
Cloud Code defence to Megaupload claims
25 January 2012 | By  Rick Shera
The deadline for submissions on the structure for the NZ Cloud Code of Practice is 2 days away (27 January 2012). Given the fears - some misplaced, others not - generated by the Megaupload site takedown, best practice for cloud providers is ...
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Don't like that law? Just sue the Government
Don't like that law? Just sue the Government
12 January 2012 | By  Rick Shera
Even if the proposed trans pacific partnership agreement (TPPA) is net beneficial to New Zealand (and some evidence on that would be good), we should be wary of including the so called investor state provisions ...
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Show me the Evidence
Show me the Evidence
22 December 2011 | By  Rick Shera
If someone's wrongdoing is causing you serious harm and you need something done about it, you might go to Court to seek an injunction. The Court will want to know that whoever you are accusing actually caused the harm and that the nuclear weapon of an injunction is proportionate and appropriate ...
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Internet Linking and copyright: A blast from the past
Internet Linking and copyright: A blast from the past
20 October 2011 | By  Rick Shera
The Supreme Court of Canada's decision in Crookes v Newton, finding that hyperlinks, of themselves, are not publications in defamation law, brings back fond memories ...
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ACTA process should not be used for TPP
ACTA process should not be used for TPP
29 September 2011 | By  Rick Shera
New Zealand has just announced that it is to sign the Anti Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). I'm not so fussed about that now because ...
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ADLS Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Act Seminar
ADLS Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Act Seminar
08 September 2011 | By  Rick Shera
I'm speaking at an Auckland District Law Society seminar on New Zealand's new Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Act and associated Regulations, which came into force on 1 September ...
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