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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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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One step closer to NZ's copyright graduated response regime
One step closer to NZ's copyright graduated response regime
03 November 2010 | By  Rick Shera
The hurricane is now visible. Well. actually, compared to the original section 92A or even the original Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill, the Bill as just reported back from Select Committee is more like a gentle zephyr and whether it will have much impact remains to be seen ...
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ISPs to police NZ name suppression laws (updated)
ISPs to police NZ name suppression laws (updated)
05 October 2010 | By  Rick Shera
The Government has announced proposals to change the law on name suppression. The Law Commission reported on this in 2009 and no doubt Cameron Slater's ill-advised and ultimately illegal crusade has accelerated things ...
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Who needs ACTA when the US can do it all for us?! (updated)
Who needs ACTA when the US can do it all for us?! (updated)
28 September 2010 | By  Rick Shera
Having agreed that coercing ISPs with so called safe harbours is a bad idea (ACTA: Latest leak decimates ISP provisions), it now appears that some in the US are intent on going much further by another route in the Countering Online Infringement and Counterfeiting Bill. ...
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The (not so) disappearing submission
The (not so) disappearing submission
30 July 2010 | By  Rick Shera
I wrote the other day about the New Zealand Law Society's submission on the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill. In that submission, NZLS, argues for repeat copyright infringers to be liable to be kicked off the internet completely...
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NZ Law Society wants people kicked off internet completely (updated)
NZ Law Society wants people kicked off internet completely (updated)
28 July 2010 | By  Rick Shera
I'm a member of the NZ Law Society. So, I am interested to see that my Society is up tomorrow before the Select Committee dealing with the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill ...
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A More Flexible Copyright law
A More Flexible Copyright law
27 July 2010 | By  Rick Shera
Technological change continues to happen at breakneck speed. As I've discussed in relation to areas such as book publishing, what used to be lucrative business models have to adapt or are liable to destruction almost overnight ...
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