Written By: - Date published: 4:07 pm, August 25th, 2017 - 58 comments
National may have further copyright problems with the song used in its campaign video sounding remarkably similar to an old Bob Dylan song.
Written By: - Date published: 7:47 am, May 1st, 2017 - 41 comments
Today National, party of personal responsibility and property rights, is in court for allegedly ripping off work the work of Eminem. How stupid do you have to be to make the same mistake twice?
Written By: - Date published: 3:39 pm, September 16th, 2014 - 10 comments
Written By: - Date published: 3:11 pm, September 16th, 2014 - 182 comments
Eminem is suing the National Party for breaching his copyright in the song “Lose yourself” used by National in its campaign video. Stephen Joyce previously claimed that National had the full rights to use it. But it appears that this may not be the case. Update: There may be some interesting legal issues for National if it loses in terms of its spending cap and the Electoral Commission broadcast allocation.
Written By: - Date published: 1:52 pm, January 17th, 2014 - 43 comments
Rob Salmond at Polity on the National Party’s use of public service videos for political ends.
Written By: - Date published: 6:54 pm, January 31st, 2012 - 3 comments
We need better answers than just “stricter enforcement” to solve the copyright debate – we need some fresh ideas.
Written By: - Date published: 8:54 am, January 18th, 2012 - 9 comments
Green’s MP Gareth Hughes explains the new US internet laws that have the likes of Wikipedia upset, and why we should care: The Green Party is deeply concerned about the Stop Internet Piracy (SOPA) and PROTECT IP (PIPA) Acts currently causing quite a stir in the US and its impacts on New Zealanders access to a free and open Internet and online businesses.
Written By: - Date published: 2:36 pm, April 28th, 2011 - 18 comments
An interesting post from Political Dumpground looks at how MPs are allowed to edit the Hansard record of what they say. Putting the transcript of what Katrina Shanks actually said during the recent debate on the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill beside the Hansard shows how MPs can amend the record to hide their stupidity.
Written By: - Date published: 9:25 am, April 14th, 2011 - 35 comments
Last night the Nats were ramming their new copyright bill through under urgency. Like the much reviled Labour bill that preceded it, it contains the assumption of guilt by accusation. There are already calls for repeats of the 2009 blackout protest…
Written By: - Date published: 8:33 am, April 19th, 2010 - 24 comments
Here’s a catchy tune for all you pirates out there. Get your kids to sing along!
Written By: - Date published: 7:42 pm, January 29th, 2010 - 8 comments
The public domain, as we understand it, is the wealth of information that is free from the barriers to access or reuse usually associated with copyright protection, either because it is free from any copyright protection or because the right holders have decided to remove these barriers. It is the raw material from which new […]
Written By: - Date published: 11:48 am, July 16th, 2009 - 1 comment
60 Minutes on “Video piracy” – 1979 – part 1 of 2 60 Minutes on “Video piracy” – 1979 – part 2 of 2 (Via Gizmodo)
Written By: - Date published: 2:00 pm, March 16th, 2009 - 78 comments
It is always interesting watching people and organizations jumping on bandwagons of popular movements. In the case of the section 92A of the new Copyright Act, there was a genuine movement by the denizens of the local net and artist communities that we participated in. Over the weekend Disk Smith Electronics did exactly that by […]
Written By: - Date published: 2:06 pm, February 24th, 2009 - Comments Off on Good Copy Bad Copy (repost)
I posted on this in the early days of The Standard but now might be a good time to check it out if you haven’t seen it already – the copyright, piracy, free culture documentary “Good Copy Bad Copy”. You can (legally) download the hi res version from bittorrent here – if you do, consider […]
Written By: - Date published: 2:40 pm, February 19th, 2009 - 44 comments
A reader has sent in some pics from today’s protest at Parliament against the ‘guilt by accusation’ copyright law. Looks like quite a striking protest, and not a bad turnout for such short notice. You can click on the thumbnails below for full size. UPDATE: In the comments Trevor Mallard and Clare Curran report that […]
Written By: - Date published: 12:29 pm, February 18th, 2009 - 17 comments
Creative Freedom NZ has organised a protest against the “guilt by accusation” copyright law tomorrow in Wellington: When: 12:00, Thursday 19 February Where: Parliament forecourt Wear: Bright colours, with a black placard. Please head along and show your support for natural justice. [Hat tip (in fact nicked verbatim from) No Right Turn] [Update, time has […]