TPP: Son of ACTA secrecy
TPP: Son of ACTA secrecy
26 November 2010 | By  Rick Shera
It is disappointing to see a return to original ACTA-like secrecy in the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations in terms of the text
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Regulating that new fangled wild west internet thingy
Regulating that new fangled wild west internet thingy
22 November 2010 | By  Rick Shera
Simon Power - law reform Minister extraordinaire - recently pronounced the internet the "wild west" and has therefore asked to the Law Commission to see how he can plug the gaps ...
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The Low Down – Special Trusts Edition November 2010
The Low Down – Special Trusts Edition November 2010
12 November 2010 | By  Lowndes Jordan
There have been recent legislative changes affecting the distribution of beneficiary income of a trust and more recently, policy announcements as to the repeal of gift duty. In this Special Edition of the Low Down, we take a closer look at those changes and how they will affect you and your trust administration.
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NZ's copyright proposal: Guilty until you prove you're innocent (updated)
NZ's copyright proposal: Guilty until you prove you're innocent (updated)
05 November 2010 | By  Rick Shera
It's like Groundhog day. Back in 2008, after the Parliamentary Select Committee had removed section 92A from the Copyright (New Technologies) Amendment Bill, it was reintroduced unannounced on April Fools Day in an SOP just a week before the Bill was passed into law. The problem with section 92A ...
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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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Don't transfer copyright that you need
Don't transfer copyright that you need
02 November 2010 | By  Rick Shera
A tweet from Brenda Wallace (@BR3NDA) reminded me of an issue I've been meaning to raise - copyright in code that you as a coder write for someone else ...
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The pirates are coming! The pirates are coming!
The pirates are coming! The pirates are coming!
27 October 2010 | By  Rick Shera
It's always fun to take a look at releases from RIANZ on copyright (tweeting under the name @lovemusicnz). I like to see how an industry which is delivering better returns to musicians and composers year on year will try to convince us that it is foundering at the hands of those dastardly p2p pirates ...
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Whaleoil appeals name suppression conviction (updated)
Whaleoil appeals name suppression conviction (updated)
22 October 2010 | By  Rick Shera
It came as no surprise to me that Cameron Slater (Whaleoil) was found guilty of breaching name suppression and victim identification orders by District Court Judge David Harvey ...
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Irish ISP was lucky
Irish ISP was lucky
12 October 2010 | By  Rick Shera
I've just read Justice Charleton's decision in EMI Records (Ireland) Limited & ors v UPC Communications Ireland Limited (2009 No. 5472 P, unrep, 11 October 2010). TJ McIntyre, who blogs at IT Law in Ireland, has posted a copy of the decision ...
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Updated: No protection against self-incrimination for computer access
Updated: No protection against self-incrimination for computer access
07 October 2010 | By  Rick Shera
Questions around removal of the protection against self incrimination came up in the debate over the Search & Surveillance Bill in 2009 and earlier this year. I remember thinking that people obviously didn't realise that protection was already circumscribed ...
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ACTA concerns still but watch out for TPP
ACTA concerns still but watch out for TPP
07 October 2010 | By  Rick Shera
The latest ACTA text from the Japan round is out and it's good to see it released officially by the negotiating parties this time.
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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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