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What the Trans Pacific Partnership means for New Zealand’s technology sector

Writing on his organisation’s TechBlog , IITP chief executive Paul Matthews says after a meeting with New Zealand TTP negotiators he feels more positive about what the trade agreement means for our technology sector.Writing on his organisation’s TechBlog, IITP chief executive Paul Matthews says after a meeting with New Zealand TTP negotiators he feels more positive about what the trade agreement means for our technology sector. Here are the edited highlights. The quotes are from Paul Matthews, the comments are from me: We’ve received absolute assurances that nothing in the TPP will impact New Zealand’s current legal and policy position in relation to software patents. Hooray! Hooray indeed. There is always a danger trade negotiators will cut deals that are good in the short-term for our larger industries but hurt less visible sectors or, in the case of software, an important but fast-growing export industry that has yet to reach its full potential. There is pressure to increase copyright terms by 20 years, to 70 years after death. Some other copyright changes are currently proposed, but no restriction of copyright exceptions (eg fair use provisions), and parallel importing won’t be affected. My income depends on copyright. That’s how I get paid as a writer and, most years, I get copyright payments when my work is reused. Copyright feeds my family, pays my mortgage and put my kids through education. This...

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Briefly: Gen-i M2M; Voda expands 4G; EMC SSD

Article – Digitl Machine-to-machine communication is running red hot and New Zealand full of things that need connecting to the internet. Which explains why Telecom NZ’s Gen-i division has picked up M2M cloud technology from Jasper Wireless.Machine-to-machine communication is running red hot and New Zealand full of things that need connecting to the internet. Which explains why Telecom NZ’s Gen-i division has picked up M2M cloud technology from Jasper Wireless. Gen-i mobility head Dave Shennan says the technology will help clients use big data by “enabling them to simultaneously monitor and manage multiple devices in any location to provide real-time information that they can use to create a competitive edge”. He says the technology supports flexible business models and operational process automation. It handles custom device provisioning, instant activation, real-time diagnostics along with detailed billing and usage reports. Office ergonomics software from Christchurch-based Wellnomics is now on over 25,000 desktops in the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).  The company’s software is already in other Australian federal government departments including: the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Australian Federal Police, CSIRO and the federal government’s workplace health and safety agency Comcare. New Zealand’s TPP negotiators get a pat on the back from InternetNZ for taking a tough stance defending the country’s copyright provisions. News of their position came to light after secret documents were published in the New Zealand Herald after being made...

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