Mar 202017

Photo: Constance Wiebrands (CC-BY)

Last month, the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, the Australian Digital Alliance and Internet NZ hosted a series of meetings and workshops on user rights in copyright reform in Australia and New Zealand. Both countries are debating copyright reform, and Australia is debating a proposal to add fair use to its copyright exceptions.

Participants in the events included Michael Geist, Bill Patry, Sang Jo Jong, Kimberlee Weatherall, Rebecca Giblin, Suzy Frankel, Jessica Coates, Heesob Nam, Peter Jaszi, Patricia Aufderheide, Sean Flynn and Meredith Jacob.

Below you will find video from two of the events, some of the follow up blogs and news stories from the trip.  Continue reading »


Excerpt from Google’s Comments on New Zealand’s Trans Pacific Partnership Amendments Bill

 Posted by on August 17, 2016  Comments Off on Excerpt from Google’s Comments on New Zealand’s Trans Pacific Partnership Amendments Bill
Aug 172016

google_logo_largeThe New Zealand Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade has posted draft legislation to bring its law into compliance with the Trans Pacific Partnership, as well comments on the legislation, all of which are available hereThe following excerpt from the comments submitted by Google New Zealand focuses on the importance of a “flexible and dynamic” copyright exception. 

Google believes that in order to promote innovation and creativity, New Zealand should adopt copyright exceptions that allow the market, new technologies and new creativity to evolve. New Zealand needs not only technologically neutral copyright protections, but also dynamic, technology neutral exceptions that allow new, legitimate uses of copyright and services to evolve as technology evolves. Continue reading »


New Zealand, Plain Packaging, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership

 Posted by on March 28, 2014  Comments Off on New Zealand, Plain Packaging, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership
Mar 282014

cigarettesThe New Zealand Parliament is considering the adoption of plain packaging of tobacco products with the introduction of the Smoke-Free Environments (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Amendment Bill 2014 (NZ). There has been strong support for the measure amongst the major parties – including the National Party; the Maori Party; the Labor Party; and the Greens. The New Zealand parliamentary debate has considered matters of public health and tobacco control; the role of intellectual property law; and the operation of international trade and investment law. Continue reading »

Feb 212013

chalmers[For InternetNZ, (CC-BY)] The local copyright enforcement arm for the “Big Three” record labels (Sony, Universal and Warner*) has won two cases at the Copyright Tribunal. One account holder was a Telecom customer, the other with TelstraClear, and now they owe the Big Three $616.57 and $557.17, respectively. Both were caught illegally uploading songs. The specific “wrong” here according to the Copyright Act is that only the copyright owner can “communicate the work to the public”. The law appears to presume that when your BitTorrent client allows other P2P users to download from you, then you are communicating that work to the public, even though that “public” could in fact be one person — more on that one later. Continue reading »


Copyright Exceptions in the TPP

 Posted by on September 10, 2012  Comments Off on Copyright Exceptions in the TPP
Sep 102012

In law, you have the rule, and then you have the exception to the rule. The rules in copyright law have, and always have had, exceptions that serve the public interest. Given that the rights granted under copyright law have become incredibly strong (e.g. the copyright term has gone from 14 years to lasting successive lifetimes), their exceptions should be reinforced in order to maintain the “balance” in copyright law that everyone talks about when they talk about copyright. (More on what that “balance” is between, and the actual broader context in which it sits, later). Continue reading »


Green Parties in Australia, New Zealand, and Canada Criticize IP Provisions in the TPP

 Posted by on August 20, 2012  Comments Off on Green Parties in Australia, New Zealand, and Canada Criticize IP Provisions in the TPP
Aug 202012

A joint statement by the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand, the Australian Greens, and the Green Party of Canada criticizes the leaked investment and intellectual property chapters of the TPP.  It also critizes the lack of transparency in the negotiations and calls on governments to open up the negotiations.  Excerpts from the statement on intelletcual property include: Continue reading »