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Judge Steps Down In Kim Dotcom Case

Article – Scoop News The New Zealand Herald reports that Internet law expert Judge David Harvey has stepped down from hearing the Megaupload extradition case: Judge Steps Down In Kim Dotcom Case The New Zealand Herald reports that Internet law expert Judge David Harvey has stepped down from hearing the Megaupload extradition case: The district court’s chief judge Jan-Marie Doogue said Judge Harvey had made the decision to step down from hearing the case. “He recognises that remarks made in the context of a paper he delivered on copyright law at a recent internet conference could reflect on his impartiality and that the appropriate response is for him to step down from the case.” Judge Harvey made the comments at NetHui during a conference discussion on copyright and trade talks with the US. He referred to a tweet which had played on a reference to cartoonist Walt Kelly: “We have met the enemy and he is [the] U.S.” The case, scheduled for March, would now be heard by Judge Nevin Dawson. Judge Dawson has previously heard elements of the case including making the decision to allow the internet giant bail in February after a month in jail. Harvey’s remark was made at the launch of the Fair Deal coalition, which was formed at Nethui to highlight proposed copyright changes under the TPPA trade agreement. Background link: National Business Review...

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Briefing to Minister Questions Copyright “Balance”

Article – Scoop News A recently-released briefing for the Minister of Communications and IT notes the economic importance of digital content creation and the concerns from from users that copyright laws “discourage the development of new digital content and innovation, … Briefing to Minister Questions Copyright “Balance” A recently-released briefing for the Minister of Communications and IT notes the economic importance of digital content creation and the concerns from from users that copyright laws “discourage the development of new digital content and innovation, and protect out-dated business models”. The briefing was prepared for the incoming Minister of Communications and IT Minister Amy Adams in December 2011. It says the IT policy team wanted to work with the Ministry of Commerce on “whether the 2008 amendments encourage the appropriate balance between protecting intellectual property holders’ rights to encourage innovation while ensuring there is good access and opportunities to use information on the internet, which is also important for innovation”. The 2008 amendments to the Copyright Act made a variety of changes to “to reflect current advances in digital technology”. Its proposed processes and penalties for file sharing were the subject of protests which led to an amendment of the act. The Minister’s office has indicated that the work proposed in the briefing has not started and is not on the Minister’s agenda. New Zealand has been involved in international negotiations...

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