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Convergence review

It’s never too late to discover a government inquiry (at least before the legislation comes through)! Back in December, the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy announced a Convergence Review. Media Release, draft Terms of Reference and “home page“. Given its departmental provenance and some of the discussion in the Background Paper, it might be thought the Review is mainly targeted at the Telco Act, the Radiocommunications Act.. Read More

Software licensing

IP What’s Up (USA) reviews a book demystifying software licensing (from a US perspective). OUP’s link.

The Digital Economy Down Under

Minister Conroy released on 14 July a report Australia’s Digital Economy: Future Directions, which he has described as a road map for Australia’s digital economy future. Amongst other things, in (sort of, kinda, a bit) similar vein to the EU’s Commissioner Neely, the report notes: The digitisation trend is changing customer habits and expectations. Increasingly, they expect an on¬†demand experience, that is, the ability to enjoy what they want, when.. Read More

Terms of Service Tracker

The blogosphere ‘lit up’ and Facebookers (?) went on the rampage when it emerged that Facebook was unilaterally changing its terms of use (and not telling anyone) –¬†Facebook: All Your Stuff is Ours, Even if You Quit. Jonathon Bailey at Plagiarism Today looks at the EFF’s new TOSBack so you can keep up to date with how your service provider is “shifting the goalposts”. Google, for example, amongst other things.. Read More

Use of Software and those computer defences again

You’ll recall that SAG licensed its database software to RWWA. RWWA engaged KAZ to provide disaster recovery services and installed a copy of the software on KAZ’ off-site servers. Meckerracher J dismissed SAG’s claim that this was unlicensed and therefore infringement of its copyright. (link via my attempt to summarise here). The Full Court has substantially dismissed the appeal, but found the judge was wrong to the extent his Honour.. Read More

Pirated software at work

Over at Slashdot you will find some thoughtful (and practical) suggestions about what to do (from the in-house IT guy’s perspective) if you (or your client) finds pirated software at work – be warned, you have to scroll through the usual behind the shelter shed contributions. Lid dip: Marty