Tech law update 2 June 2010

Legislation website upgrade

The excellent New Zealand Legislation website is to be upgraded over the next few years to improve search functions, among others. A welcome addition will be more historic legislation being made available online.

Aussie internet filter to go ahead

The Australian government is pushing on with its daft mandatory internet filter. New Zealand is currently trialling a similar scheme, but no plans have been announced to make it compulsory. Certainly, while IT-savvy Steven Joyce is ICT Minister this is unlikely to change. The good news is that we will have the benefit of watching how the Australian scheme goes before launching our own (which would have been a great approach for the ETS too…)

Software audits

A local report mentions “rumours” that Microsoft is taking a more aggressive stance on licence compliance audits. While some people typically react with alarm over such suggestions, basic auditing is quite reasonable, and Microsoft is within its rights to do so. It is important for commercial software firms whose revenue base can be substantially undermined otherwise. In my experience, Microsoft is very reasonable about how it approaches these things (a certain “licensing adviser / salesperson” I once dealt with was a different matter, although she was independent of Microsoft).

Turn left at “common sense”

In the US (of course) a woman is suing Google after she followed its maps into traffic:

When Google Maps’ walking directions instructed Lauren Rosenberg to walk along a very busy highway with no pedestrian walkway, she followed the directions exactly. Unfortunately, she was hit by a car in the process.

I wonder if she applies the same unquestioning adherence to her car navigation system?