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InternetNZ presents TPP views to Select Committee

Press Release – InternetNZ InternetNZ Chief Executive Jordan Carter and Issues Advisor James Ting-Edwards appeared today before Parliaments Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee as it conducts its examination of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement.InternetNZ presents TPP views to Select Committee InternetNZ Chief Executive Jordan Carter and Issues Advisor James Ting-Edwards appeared today before Parliament’s Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee as it conducts its examination of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement. “We made four key points to the Select Committee,” says Chief Executive Jordan Carter. “First, the longer copyright term required by the Agreement is not in New Zealand’s interests. The twenty-year extension to the duration of copyright will cost the country more than the gains it might offer to a few New Zealand creators. “Second, the criminalisation of breaches of digital locks (so-called “Technological Protection Measures” or TPMs) by ordinary users of technology marks a far-reaching change. For the first time, people who open these locks just to access a movie, song, or book will risk legal liability – even if they have the right to view the underlying content. These legal risks threaten innovation and inhibit competition. To make this system work, New Zealand will have to make extensive and clever use of the allowed exceptions – and will have to update those exceptions regularly. “Third, the negatives in the Agreement mentioned above can be balanced...

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First official TPP text confirms IP concerns

Press Release – InternetNZ InternetNZ is pleased that the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) is finally out in the open. InternetNZ CEO Jordan Carter said our concerns about the IP Chapter are confirmed by the final text.First official TPP text confirms IP concerns InternetNZ is pleased that the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) is finally out in the open. InternetNZ CEO Jordan Carter said our concerns about the IP Chapter are confirmed by the final text. “Based on our first read, the IP Chapter is the same as the version leaked last month. For New Zealand, this means longer copyright terms and a new offence for removing digital locks on content, even where there is no copyright infringement. “Until now, New Zealand has not criminalised people just for bypassing a TPM ‘digital lock.’ Article 18.68 of the IP chapter could change that, meaning people who tinker with technology could be made into criminals. “New Zealand depends on innovation to overcome our small size and distance from the rest of the world. We must ensure that legitimate tinkering, which does not infringe copyright, is still allowed.” The TPP also requires longer copyright terms, which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has said will cost consumers $55 million a year. With the TPP we are getting US-style copyright terms, says Carter. “New Zealanders may have to ask whether we can...

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Transparency and openness needed in TPPA IP negotiations

Press Release – InternetNZ InternetNZ says today’s protest actions on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) draws valid attention to concerns regarding the secrecy surrounding the deal.Transparency and openness needed in TPPA Intellectual Property negotiations InternetNZ says today’s protest actions on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) draws valid attention to concerns regarding the secrecy surrounding the deal. “The Internet community in New Zealand and worldwide negotiates standards, protocols, policies and governance arrangements in the full light of day,” says InternetNZ Chief Executive Jordan Carter. “This has two beneficial effects. “First: anyone who is interested can add their voice to the discussion. All relevant perspectives are on the table. Contributions are judged on their merits – strength of argument and logical coherence tend to win the day. “Second: this entrenched transparency helps make sure special privileges for selected groups are hard to allow or to defend,” Jordan Carter says. InternetNZ is a strong supporter of the open creation of requirements for Internet policy for these reasons. Other debates on intellectual property have historically happened the same way – for example, in the World Intellectual Property Organisation’s procedures. Mr Carter says this open approach has given the world the open Internet we all benefit from today. “The huge gains it generates now – and will keep generating if allowed to continue – must not be put at risk. Unfortunately, that is precisely...

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Parliament, Legislation and the Internet | Andrew Cushen

Opinion – InternetNZ Earlier this week, I presented to a group of 15 Parliamentarians, plus a couple of dozen staffers, at an event we co-sponsored called the Parliamentary Digital Bootcamp. This was an initiative that we partnered with Google and Facebook on, designed to … Parliament, Legislation and the Internet By Andrew Cushen Internet NZ Work Programme Director Comment On This Post At InternetNZ’s Blog Earlier this week, I presented to a group of 15 Parliamentarians, plus a couple of dozen staffers, at an event we co-sponsored called the Parliamentary Digital Bootcamp. This was an initiative that we partnered with Google and Facebook on, designed to educate new MPs on how they can utilise the Internet in their work. My presentation to this was slightly different to the others – I talked about how MPs have a big role to play in promoting the Internet’s benefits and uses, and protecting its potential. As our governing overlords, they have the responsibility for writing law that helps to deliver to that goal – and as I said to them, writing legislation that works with the Internet rather than against it is a really hard job. Unfortunately, that job is one that Parliament has not necessarily always done well, to be frank. In that regard, I refer to: • The Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Act 2011, and when one of the...

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Top 10 predictions for the Internet in 2015

Press Release – InternetNZ In the spirit of bravery and Christmas Cheer, and with the knowledge of almost certainly being proven wrong on many of these, InternetNZ has made its Top 10 Predictions for the Internet in 2015.Top 10 predictions for the Internet in 2015 In the spirit of bravery and Christmas Cheer, and with the knowledge of almost certainly being proven wrong on many of these, InternetNZ has made its Top 10 Predictions for the Internet in 2015. 10. More large-scale Intenet security incidents. The world has already seen a lot of angsting about the hacking of Sony Pictures, with fingers being pointed at the North Koreans. We also know that these large-scale, public attacks are likely just the tip of the iceberg too. Unfortunately, as more and more data moves online, it is inevitable that the attractiveness of online attacks increases too. This is one of the big reasons why InternetNZ commissioned research into what a Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT) could look like for New Zealand, and why continuing to work with agencies in this area will be important for InternetNZ in 2015. 9. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICAAN) will get to grips with becoming more accountable. Most in the Internet Community probably already know about the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) transition to ICANN, and what that means for Internet...

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