Issues Paper – Review of the Copyright Act 1994

At the end of November 2018 the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) released an Issues Paper focused on reviewing the Copyright Act 1994.  The Issues Paper is extensive, and raises questions around all aspects of the Copyright Act.  …

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Alternative Pricing Structures: Earn-Outs

You have found a buyer for your business (or a business you wish to acquire), but are having difficulty coming to a final agreement as to price.  In this situation, alternative pricing structures are worthy of consideration.  Following on from …

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Government’s use of Algorithms

In October 2018 the Department of Internal Affairs and Statistics New Zealand released their report into the use of algorithms by Government agencies.  The report finds that Government agencies are applying a range of safeguards and assurance processes in the …

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Regulating Cryptocurrencies in New Zealand

In September 2018 the Law Foundation published its report on cryptocurrencies.  You can access the report by clicking here.

The report is lengthy.  It canvases a number of aspects, in relation to both cryptocurrencies and blockchain more generally.  This …

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The Public Interest Defence to Defamation

Scope of the new defence

On 31 July 2018 significant media interest arose from the Court of Appeal’s judgment in Durie v Gardiner [2018] 3 NZLR 131.  This was because the Court in that case recognised a new public interest …

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e-Invoicing – making trans-Tasman business E-asy

It is estimated that New Zealand and Australia process around 1.3 billion invoices each year. The New Zealand and Australian Governments are working on a new electronic invoicing (e-Invoicing) standard that will help save businesses time and money.  It is …

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The future of trusts – Change is on the way

On 31 October 2018 the Justice Committee reported back to Parliament following its consideration of the Trusts Bill (Bill) which will, in time, become the Trusts Act 2017 (Act).  The Act is intended to provide “clear, simple and accessible trust …

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