Tag: Books

Patronage, Journalism and Open Society.

Article – James Littlewood A panel discussion this morning shone a very bright light on a very familiar problem: the problem of journalism; knowing whats going on; keeping the bastards honest. Marianne Ellion (of Action Station) hosted the discussion with Mark Jennings (Mediaworks), … A panel discussion this morning shone a very bright light on a very familiar problem: the problem of journalism; knowing what’s going on; keeping the bastards honest. Marianne Ellion (of Action Station) hosted the discussion with Mark Jennings (Mediaworks), Jan Rivers (Scoop) and Bernard Hickey (Hive News). The problem is all too familiar. But here...

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The Nation: Simon Shepherd interviews Simon Winchester

Press Release – The Nation In a run of remarkable journalistic good fortune, hes covered Irelands troubles, Watergate, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and was even captured by the Argentine army at the start of the Falklands War.On The Nation: Simon Shepherd interviews Simon Winchester Youtube clips from the show are available here. In a run of remarkable journalistic good fortune, he’s covered Ireland’s troubles, Watergate, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and was even captured by the Argentine army at the start of the Falklands War. He’s gone on to author books such as ‘The Surgeon of Crowthorne’, ‘Krakatoa’ and now this book ‘Pacific’. It covers the dangerous madness of North Korea, the rise of China, and much more. So when he was in New Zealand recently Simon Shepherd spoke to him and asked if the Pacific is a single entity of just a jumble of cultures and countries. Simon Winchester: It’s much more than that. I mean it’s where, if you like, the world comes full circle, where literally East meets West. And so in a very different sense from the great seas of the world, the Mediterranean, which used to be the inland sea of the classical world; and the Atlantic, which is the inland sea of today’s world, this is where the world finally closes the gap between East and West. And that gives it, I...

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Gordon Campbell on copyright, the Authors Guild case & TPP

Column – Gordon Campbell A few days ago, Google finally and comprehensively won a very long-running case brought against it by the Authors Guild which had claimed that Googles Book Project which operates as a digital library catalogue with a few snippets of content … Gordon Campbell on copyright, the Authors Guild case and the TPP A few days ago, Google finally and comprehensively won a very long-running case brought against it by the Authors Guild which had claimed that Google’s Book Project – which operates as a digital library catalogue with a few snippets of content to contextualise and focus the search – amounted to a violation of copyright. In finding in favour of Google, the US Second Court of Appeals ringingly re-stated the purpose of copyright in terms that are useful and relevant here in New Zealand. Especially now that the IP chapter of the Trans Pacific Partnership ‘trade’ deal has turned back the clock and extended the copyright term from 50 to 70 years, among other negative IP commitments. A few copyright extremists have since come out of the woodwork to defend and applaud the TPP’s IP commitments. To the US courts, ‘fair use’ is not an exemption to be grudgingly tolerated – it is the very purpose of copyright. Here’s how the court ruling put it in the Authors Guild case: The ultimate goal of...

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Scoop Coverage: TPPA Deal Reached

Article – Scoop Full Coverage Announcements, reaction and commentary on the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal and initial agreement details from NZ and the world. Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Deal Reached In Atlanta Yes, the TPP has helped to knock a few points off the tariffs facing our exporters. Yet some of those alleged dollar gains may well have been made regardless over time – and without the negative baggage of the concessions in the non-trade areas (intellectual property, copyright extensions, investor-state dispute mechanisms etc) that the TPP deal also brings in its wake. Over the period from now until 2030, even the rosier projections for New Zealand see the TPP adding only about 1% per annum to this country’s GDP. Public Summaries: United States Trade Representative – Summary of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement United States Trade Representative – TPP Ministers’ Statement, Press Conference Video NZ Govt – TPP Q&A (PDF) ALSO: BusinessDesk – Labour says jury’s out on supporting TPP – MARKET CLOSE: NZ shares rise on TPP; SkyCity gains – TPP deal gives limited win for NZ dairy – Business lobbies, wine growers, meat sector welcome TPP – Fonterra ‘very disappointed’ with limited TPP dairy deal Gordon Campbell – Gordon Campbell on the TPP fallout Professor Jane Kelsey – Continued imbalance of TPPA information indefensible – National government betrays NZers in TPPA deal...

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Open Letter Calls on TPP Negotiators to Stand up for users

Press Release – Electronic Frontier Foundation Copyright restricts all kinds of important, everyday uses of creative workseven worse, these strict rules last nearly two lifetimes for any given work. We are fighting to reform and push back against these restrictions in the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership …New Open Letter Calls on TPP Negotiators to Stand up for User Safeguards Copyright restricts all kinds of important, everyday uses of creative works—even worse, these strict rules last nearly two lifetimes for any given work. We are fighting to reform and push back against these restrictions in the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), especially those that undermine the public’s ability to use, research, remix, or otherwise modify digital content and devices. And one of the most critical issues in this trade deal is whether it strongly upholds and protects exceptions and limitations to copyright. As the Executive Director of Australian Digital Alliance, Jessica Coates, aptly puts it, “They are what allow teachers to use resources in the classroom, technology companies to create new services, and individuals to interact with copyright material without risking criminal liability.” That’s why EFF is one of 15 groups telling TPP negotiators about the importance of providing for strong public safeguards to use copyrighted works. This letter echoes a call from earlier this year when hundreds of tech companies called on the U.S. Congress to oppose the TPP and the...

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