We should be celebrating the arrests in the MegaUpload case. They show that large-scale copyright infringement can be investigated and acted upon under existing laws and treaties. They show that even without SOPA and such draconian laws, copyright holders can seek remedy. Note: I say we should celebrate the arrests. I question the seizing of [...]
InternetNZ, and others, have created a website to consolidate information regarding ACTA and its impact in New Zealand. I’m submitting a couple of questions in absentia, as documented below.
I love the internet. It’s all about creating and sharing content. But please don’t abuse my Creative Commons license terms (like Flip Video has) when you use my work elsewhere. It’s not hard.
The question machine has made an exact copy of an arrangement of bits, which were then translated by my computer and came out like this: Ah digital rights, and their management: a pet topic of mine. Pull up a seat, and lend me your ear for a short while.
Google has a lot at stake in the copyright wars. They hold monstrous caches containing most of the data on the web, no doubt some of it covered by copyright. They also probably hold the risky position of a “service provider” under the new law, requiring them to respond to accusations of infringement. Google recently [...]
The Blackout has been a fantastic success, garnering the attention of the government, and resulting in a delay in implementation for the famed Section 92(a). The focus of the campaign to date has (quite rightly) been on the Guilt Upon Accusation aspect of the law. This aspect is easy to explain, and also piques the [...]
Update: the blackout protest campaign, spurred by Juha’s post (among others), has caught on with Twitter top users @stephenfry and @leolaporte blacking out their avatars in support. Below is my take on S92a and why we are protesting. They say the Internet is the new frontier. Like the Wild West of old: loosely regulated, fast [...]
Russell Brown reports on the return of the select committee report on the Copyright Amendement Bill. The kinda good: Libraries and archives retain the right to keep digital copies, and to break DRM in order to do so. If a consumer wants to exercise their copy rights on a DRM’d copy (CD etc), then they [...]
The New Zealand Copyright Amendment Bill had its first reading in Parliament last week, with the House voting like lemmings 113 to 6 to pass the Bill to Select Committee. The Green party, not my favourite party by a long shot, were the only ones to use their heads and vote against the Bill. Repeating my [...]
Update: If you’re interested in taking this up with the Minister in question, her contact details can be found here. If you doubt the importance of debating this legislation, the EFF has an active document that “collects a number of reported cases where the anti-circumvention provisions of the DMCA have been invoked not against pirates, [...]