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A policy from the Greens I can agree with

There is a distinct possibility that this policy from the Greens may actually be implemented if Bill English proves as inept as I believe he will be.

It will allow a Labour/Greens government and with that comes this new policy from the Greens:

The Green Party say it will legalise cannabis if it forms a government next year.

Under its proposal, people would be able to legally grow and possess marijuana for personal use.

The Green Party would also urgently amend the law so sick people using medicinal marijuana were not penalised.

The party’s new Drug Law Reform Policy released on Friday outlined plans to overhaul existing drug laws in what it said was an inevitable push toward cannabis legalisation.

I think eventually we’ll follow in the footsteps of USA and Canada,” Green Party health spokesperson Julie Anne Genter said.   Read more »

The underlying anti-semitism of the Labour party

Former Labour MP Bill Sutton has written a letter to the editor which Toby Manhire, to his credit, has called out as noxious.

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What sort of an arsehole would shoot at power lines

Some wankers have been shooting at power lines and Winston Peters isn’t at all happy.

If Northland power lines have been damaged intentionally the perpetrators should face a tough penalty, says Northland MP and Leader of New Zealand First Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“We want them to do hard labour, in the community. They need to be putting their backs into doing something useful for the many people they have hurt through such deliberate and spiteful acts.

“By causing the power outage today many people have been affected, some through the loss of business.   Read more »

$100 fine for streaming Joe Parker’s live boxing bout

Bit of a Pyrrhic victory for Duco, since the cost of the Pay per view was a bit under sixty bucks.

Sky TV and Duco Events have had a victory in their battle against illegal streamers ahead of Joseph Parker’s WBO heavyweight title fight.

And after having won the test cases at district court level on Wednesday, they have warned they will up the ante for piracy when Parker takes on Mexican Andy Ruiz in Auckland on Saturday night, a fight that will be broadcast on Sky’s Arena pay-per-view channel at a cost of $59.95.

Pirating of Parker’s fights using Facebook’s live video function has become a major issue for the broadcaster and promoter since the star fighter’s win over Carlos Takam in Auckland in May.

Sky and Duco took civil proceedings against pirates who unlawfully streamed Parker’s subsequent knockout win against Solomon Haumono in Christchurch in July.

The companies confirmed that they had obtained judgment against seven individuals, with the judge satisfied that each defendant had infringed Sky’s copyright.

The judge granted an injunction restraining any further infringement of the copyright work and ordered each defendant to delete and/or destroy any copies held, including from Facebook.

They were also ordered to pay nominal damages of $100 as well as costs of $2,670.

The court costs, 26.7 times higher than the fine, will be the more prohibitive part.

Sky and Duco will have a 12-person team searching the web for piracy on Saturday. Importantly, they now also have Facebook’s co-operation.

Duco’s CEO Martin Snedden was delighted with the legal victory, especially the timing with TV revenue so crucial to recouping the $4m costs of staging the title fight.

“From Duco’s point of view the big thing is the court is saying yes, illegal streaming is a break of our legal rights and those that do that can expect to be dealt with if we bring them to court. It’s great,” Snedden said.

“In this first batch of judgements we set out to create the precedent not to take a punitive approach to people. We got an award of nominal damages plus court costs.

“We can (push for more) if we choose too. These were really test cases and what we are trying to do is send a message to people that we are serious about this.

“People are really on notice now. From a legal point of view there is no defence of ‘oh we didn’t know’ or ‘it’s accidental’.”

In my mind, re-broadcasting the fight via Facebook was always a dodgy prospect.  But at $100 the court has basically said to Duce to stop being idiots and live with the fact this stuff is going to happen.

What they will find harder to prevent is people tuning in to the dozens of sports streaming services that are rebroadcasting a Free to Air or subscription service sports program to the Internet.  These are invariably outside of Sky TV and Duco’s legal reach, and due to the one-off and relatively brief nature of the event, impossible to stop.

The Sky TV and Duco people will have copies tapes, CDs and/or downloaded music or a movie at some time in their lives.  Some “shrinkage” is to be expected and priced into the product.  Taking people to court to hand them a $100 fine is in the end counter productive in the sense it will have cost more to make the point than it did in lost revenue.

 

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