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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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