September, 2011

  • NZ GovTech - Microsoft New Zealand Government Affairs Blog

    Drawing inspiration from the Rutherford Innovation Showcase

    The Rutherford Innovation Showcase is a collaboration and business development opportunity for technology companies to engage with potential partners, investors and customers. The event has been organised by NZICT Group in partnership with New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, Ministry of Science and Innovation and ATEED.

    It's a real inspiration to hear from so many talented people who are dedicated to running world-leading businesses from this country. We see New Zealand doing well on a number of measures. For example, the diverse technology sector represented by the TIN 100 is productive and brings in $5 billion of exports per year.

    But as Kiwis who are passionate about the potential of technology and our country's success, we are not satisfied, and we're hearing the same from others in the technology industry. We think that as a nation we can, and need, to do even better.

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  • NZ GovTech - Microsoft New Zealand Government Affairs Blog

    New copyright law and your internet connection - steps to take

    The Copyright Act has recently been amended to give copyright holders a new option to advise an internet account holder that the account is being used for copyright infringement.

    Copyright holders usually cannot tell who the account holder is, so the notices are sent to internet service providers and then forwarded to the internet account holders. If multiple infringements from the same internet account are detected, it could lead (after a number of warnings and a weighing of the evidence) to a penalty from the Copyright Tribunal.

    The new law is intended to keep pace with technology by providing a more practical way for creators to discourage copying of their music, movies, books and software on “file sharing” networks without permission or payment for their work. However, the new law does mean that an internet account holder now has a level of responsibility not only for their own internet use, but also for everyone else who uses the internet connection. That means a new level of accountability for what family members, flatmates and staff do online.

    Before we suggest some practical steps for internet account holders, it is useful to understand the basics of peer to peer file sharing, which is the primary focus of the new law.

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