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Links 1 through 10 of 12 by Simon Phipps tagged NewZealand

So Microsoft doesn't have a patent on XML in document processing in New Zealand. Excellent result for the New Zealand Open Source Society here - congratulations to everyone who has been involved over the long haul involved in the case.

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This is an excellent list of reasons why internet disconnection laws are such a bad idea. Although it's got plenty of specifics of the (very bad) New Zealand law that was created when their government sold out to the US (presumably to avoid appearing in the Special 301 report), it's full of ideas that are applicable globally.

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Excellent initiative that deserves to be emulated all over the world. If you have any kind of meeting spaces at your company, you could run a similar event for local teenagers in your area.

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"Despite what appears to be a big-budget lobbying effort by the pro-patent fraternity, Hon Simon Power announced [on July 15] that he wouldn't be modifying the proposed Patents Bill hence software will be unpatentable once the Bill passes into law." -- You may have already seen this news, but I'm posting it for two reasons. First, I still think it's fantastic! second, this is from the NZ Computer Society, which unlike the British Computer Society is willing to take a stand on behalf of its members.

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Another ACTA-inspired government that believes our future is not digital and that internet access is an optional choice rather than an essential enagler to citizen access to government, finance and education.

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"The Copyright Act was written in the pre-internet age, and does not address any of the complexities surrounding file sharing, format shifting, and other modern issues such as DVD copying – problems the last government was attempting to fix in a piecemeal fashion." Necessary, but dangerous unless all concerned citizens watch like a hawk and engage vigorously - you can bet the copyright monopolists will.

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"That's why we need the power to ban you from the Internet - because our copyrights are worth more than your human rights." Extreme? About to happen in New Zealand, you're next. S92A Copyright Blackout Day, Monday.

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I encountered this idiocy in the Novotel in Wellington, a hotel I would consequently not recommend to anyone with any kind of online life.

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Congratulations to Glynn Foster for the nomination (surprised it doesn't mention GNOME though).

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New Zealand judge allows traditional publication but bars online publication of accounts of a hearing because traditional media is forgotten but online media lasts forever.

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