Some context for NZ's harsh new copyright law

, posted: 22-Feb-2009 10:45

How easy is it to become a "copyright criminal" via the Internet and get cut off? Very. This could all happen in in just a few hours:

1) You're rickrolled by someone, and infringe on whatever music label owns the rights to Rick Astley's so (read the entire post)...

The (fake) full list of Academy Award Winners

, posted: 21-Feb-2009 22:25

Here you go. I don't know if this is accurate at all, but posting it for the fun of it. Let me know if it's completely wrong. Err... when are the awards? Have they been already?

I've only seen Dark Night... The Wrestler sounds very good, d (read the entire post)...

Why New Zealand Copyright Act is worse than US equivalent: legal analysis

, posted: 19-Feb-2009 11:04

Rick Shera of Lowndes Jordan, Barristers and Solicitors in Auckland is a very experienced ICT lawyer, with a masters degree in Internet and copyright law.

He has been involved with the current copyright issue for more than thr (read the entire post)...

Open for S92A consulting: policies created here

, posted: 18-Feb-2009 16:09

If what the Minister of Commerce, Simon Power, said during Question Time in Parliament today is correct (audio clip here on Scoop), Section 92A will come into force on February 28, and that's that.

Power says he's confident the two parties (read the entire post)...

Podcast: Radio Wammo about the NZ Internet blackout

, posted: 17-Feb-2009 14:39

This is where it would be useful to have some sort of media player on Geekzone I think, but check out the podcast (and others) on Radio Wammo's site.

Wammo is on KiwiFM and worth listening to and also, to follow on Twitter.

As l (read the entire post)...

Join New Zealand Internet blackout protest against insane copyright law

, posted: 16-Feb-2009 10:26

Reason didn't work and the Parliamentary process failed, which is why we in New Zealand now have arguably the world's harshest copyright enforcement law. Sections 92A and C of the amended Copyright Act establish a guilt upon accusation pr (read the entire post)...

Paying for NZ toll roads over the web? Vista and XP SP2 only then

, posted: 15-Feb-2009 18:32

Sigh. I knew it was too good to be true. Going up to Foo Camp in Warkworth this weekend, we took the new tollroad that bypasses Orewa.

Verdict on the tollroad: excellent. Slowly going through the architectural disaster zone that's Orewa a (read the entire post)...

Coface downgrades New Zealand and 22 other countries' credit rating

, posted: 10-Feb-2009 15:30

The credit crisis spares no-one, says credit rating agency Coface, and moves New Zealand down to A2 together with Australia. Ouch. Things look set to remain dire until at least end of the year, says Coface.

Adding to the gloom, the IMF is (read the entire post)...

Microsoft takes the wind out of Windows 7's sails

, posted: 4-Feb-2009 11:07

Microsoft operates in mysterious ways, there's no doubt about that. While I expected there to be multiple versions of Windows 7, I thought Microsoft had listened to customers and would take the opportunity to weed out some of less than useful S (read the entire post)...

Should Fairfax sell Trade Me to Ebay?

, posted: 29-Jan-2009 15:26

Russell Brown over at Public Address has heard rumours that Fairfax is talking to Ebay about selling Trade Me to the US ecommerce giant, and I'm thinking it might just happen.

Some history: Fairfax is a large Aussie media conglomerate that (read the entire post)...


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