R18+ for games campaign launched

r18, games, censorship, efa, r18games A recent report indicates that the South Australian Attorney-General, The Hon Michael Atkinson MP, has dug in his heels and refused to make the discussion paper on Australia's lack of an R18+ rating for games public. A spokesperson for the Victorian Attorney-General, Rob Hulls, has said that “it now appears[…]

DFAT briefing on the current state of ACTA

dfat, acta, copyright, enforcement, trademark, treaty Today I attended a briefing session on ACTA hosted by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). I felt it was a good meeting, and I really got the sense that DFAT were interested in public participation. There was a good deal of frustration on both sides[…]

IceTV: Day one of the High Court hearing

copyright, icetv, database, high court, originality Yesterday was the first day of the IceTV v Channel Nine appeal. Here's some links to follow: A good article by Brian Fitzgerald and Ben Atkinson on the issues: Third Party Copyright and Public Information Infrastructure/Registries: How much copyright tax must the public pay? A writeup on the first[…]

Digital constitutionalism: the governance of virtual communities, part 3: principles of …

digital constitutionalism, governance, virtual communities, interpretation, public interest, common law This is an outline of the third part of my thesis. Comments appreciated. See Part 1 and Part 2 for more background. Contract law may be the most prominent area of law which affects the governance of virtual communities, but it is by no means[…]

Digital constitutionalism: the governance of virtual communities, part 1

digital constitutionalism, participant rights, virtual communities, virtual worlds, governance, thesis I am finally beginning to write up my thesis. What follows is the first half of the argument I plan to present. This will hopefully provide the structure for identifying the problem and the context of the argument. Comments welcome – what have I missed[…]