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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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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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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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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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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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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