Privacy Commissioner to get some teeth
Privacy Commissioner to get some teeth
02 August 2011 | By  Rick Shera
The release of the final report in the Law Commission's long running privacy law review foreshadows the Privacy Commissioner being given enhanced powers ...
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Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Act - process diagrams
Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Act - process diagrams
01 August 2011 | By  Rick Shera
I've been consulting to the Telecommunications Carriers' Forum on copyright issues since the ill-fated introduction of section 92A of the Copyright Act a few years ago ...
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UK ISP injuncted to block Newzbin website. Could it happen in NZ?
UK ISP injuncted to block Newzbin website. Could it happen in NZ?
29 July 2011 | By  Rick Shera
In a decision issued yesterday (67 page PDF), Justice Arnold in the UK High Court, Chancery Division, granted an injunction in a test case against the largest British ISP, BT ...
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Copyright law crashes at last hurdle
Copyright law crashes at last hurdle
07 July 2011 | By  Rick Shera
Until April this year, the Powers that be were doing a good job consulting on the replacement for the infamous three strikes s92A of the Copyright Act - several detailed rounds of consultation and a Bill that, whilst still flawed, did attempt to cure some of the worst excesses. But it all started to go awry in April ...
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Copyright Cheapskates
Copyright Cheapskates
01 June 2011 | By  Rick Shera
I've drafted, or been involved with, a number of responses to the Ministry of Economic Development's Discussion Paper on the Regulations (PDF) envisaged by the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Act 2011 (including those of the Telecommunications Carriers' Forum (PDF) and InternetNZ) ...
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US wants to take an axe to New Zealand IP law (updated)
US wants to take an axe to New Zealand IP law (updated)
16 March 2011 | By  Rick Shera
It's one way of negotiating the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) I guess. Leak a document containing multiple extreme positions and then gracefully back down in the face of inevitable objection ...
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Prof Susi Frankel to talk on intellectual property aspects of Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)
Prof Susi Frankel to talk on intellectual property aspects of Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)
22 February 2011 | By  Rick Shera
As a member of IPSANZ, I've just been sent a flyer for a series of talks being given by Professor Susi Frankel of Victoria University, in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch, entitled: A US Free Trade Agreement: Important Implications for IP Laws in New Zealand ...
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ISP name suppression proposal needs fixing
ISP name suppression proposal needs fixing
04 February 2011 | By  Rick Shera
Yesterday, I spoke at InternetNZ's very useful workshop on New Zealand's proposed re-write of our name suppression law, along with District Court Judge Harvey, Dr Warren Young of the Law Commission, Tim Pankhurst of the Newspaper Publishers' Association (representing all major daily and weekly newspaper publishers) and David Farrar of kiwiblog. My interest, as I've noted before, is with section 216, which takes the tradtional DMCA ISP notice and take down ...
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A Kiwi Questions the Australian Yellow Pages decision
A Kiwi Questions the Australian Yellow Pages decision
22 December 2010 | By  Rick Shera
I've just got around to reading the Federal Court of Australia's decision in Telstra Corporation Limited v Phone Directories Company Pty Limited [2010] FCAFC 149 ...
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French copyright holders are sending 50,000 notices per day. What does that mean for us?
French copyright holders are sending 50,000 notices per day. What does that mean for us?
17 December 2010 | By  Rick Shera
Techdirt reports that copyright holders (not necessarily original creators; more likely rights owning organisations like RIAA and MPA) are angry that HADOPI, the French Government clearing house for copyright infringement claims, is only sending on to alleged infringers a small percentage of the 50,000 notices it receives every day ...
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Copyright liability for someone else's file sharing
Copyright liability for someone else's file sharing
09 December 2010 | By  Rick Shera
One of the major changes which would be made by the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill is to make an internet account holder liable for any file sharing infringement that occurs using that internet connection, whether the account holder knows about it or not ...
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Open letter to Minister Power on Copyright Bill
Open letter to Minister Power on Copyright Bill
09 December 2010 | By  Rick Shera
I've made my views on the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill, well known on this blog and elsewhere. We've certainly come a long way since the three strikes, guilt upon accusation, section 92A but there are still some wrinkles that need to be ironed out. So, I've joined InternetNZ ...
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