Judge Harvey Goes Web 2.0
Judge Harvey Goes Web 2.0
26 July 2010 | By  Rick Shera
Auckland District Court Judge David Harvey, author of internet.law.nz, is one of New Zealand’s most net savvy jurists. A good thing then that he was assigned to hear the case Department of Internal Affairs v. TV Works Limited ...
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The Low Down - Winter 2010
The Low Down - Winter 2010
12 July 2010 | By  Lowndes Jordan
Welcome to the 2010 Winter edition of the Low Down. In this edition we cover some critical Law Changes in force. We also Celebrate the Success of more of our clients and update you as to Our People.
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Courts moving into the digital age
Courts moving into the digital age
09 July 2010 | By  Rick Shera
Good to see the passing of the Courts (Remote Participation) Act 2010, which will allow greater use of audio-visual tools in the giving of evidence ...
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Does Downunder really infringe Kookaburra?
Does Downunder really infringe Kookaburra?
07 July 2010 | By  Rick Shera
EMI and Men at Work, having earlier lost to Larrikin Music on Larrikin's claim that Downunder infringed copyright in the Aussie folk song Kookaburra sits in old gum tree, have now been ordered to pay royalties (although nowhere near ...
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eBooks and new business models (updated)
eBooks and new business models (updated)
06 July 2010 | By  Rick Shera
It is easy to fall into the trap of taking the arguments used by the music and film industries as proxies for the general rights holder community. Equally, the counter-arguments of fair-use and free and open internet adherents tend ...
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iiNet Costs award
iiNet Costs award
28 June 2010 | By  Rick Shera
I have previously commented on the very important decision in the iiNet copyright case (where Australia's 3rd biggest ISP, iiNet, was found not liable for authorising p2p infringement by its customers). An appeal is to be heard in August this year ...
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New Companies Office Site: When is a director not a director?
New Companies Office Site: When is a director not a director?
28 June 2010 | By  Rick Shera
The new Companies Office site launched over the weekend is excellent in terms of layout, functionality and speed. As Chris Keall says, dispensing with often grindingly slow Java dialogue boxes provides a welcome relief ....
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UK and Canada move copyright goalposts for NZ
UK and Canada move copyright goalposts for NZ
03 June 2010 | By  Rick Shera
First UK, in its Digital Economy Act, and now Canada in its C-32 Bill, have gone with notice and notice, rather than 3 strikes, graduated response or whatever one wants to call the offspring of the now infamous US DMCA. New Zealand should ...
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Googlebooks Settlement and Privacy
Googlebooks Settlement and Privacy
27 May 2010 | By  Rick Shera
Two posts in as many weeks on the Googlebooks settlement. No, I am not fixated … well, maybe just a little. But, I think that's understandable because, for me, this settlement ticks all my professional "interest" boxes.At 300+ pages, it is a hugely complex legal labyrinth requiring ...
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What is wrong with the Googlebooks settlement?
What is wrong with the Googlebooks settlement?
20 May 2010 | By  Rick Shera
For the last 8 months or so, I've been providing pro bono assistance to the New Zealand Society of Authors in their objections to the Google Books settlement. The NZSA lodged an objection ...
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Tweeting to better writing
Tweeting to better writing
17 May 2010 | By  Rick Shera
Being a lawyer comes with an occupational defect - being too wordy. We can get a bit obsessed with having to cover every base, dot every i and cross every t. That often makes for ...
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The Low Down - Autumn 2010
The Low Down - Autumn 2010
01 April 2010 | By  Lowndes Jordan
Welcome to the 2010 Autumn edition of the Low Down. In this edition we cover some critical Law Changes in force. We also Celevbrate the Success of more of our clients and update you as to Our People.
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