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This morning Boots was still eating very little but was a lot perkier about it: wandering around a little and sitting, rather than staying it one spot with her chin to the ground for hours on end. On the strength of that I decided not to take her to the vet, though I did stay home watching her rather than go anywhere.

This afternoon/evening she perked up even more and ate a bunch more super-nommy glop and even a little bit of kibble. (At one point she even asked for kibble; she just got tired of it quickly and decided she'd rather have some more super-nommy glop instead.) When a chunk of lamb mince fell off my plate she practically pounced on it and fought a valiant fight against the fact that it was still very hot from being cooked; that now vanquished, she's sitting watching me eat the rest, very attentively.

Have made power-off images for my Pocketbook and read an old F&SF epub I'd had sitting around.

Chores today included: washing laundry, washing cat carrier, and emptying chemloo. All water sourced from the drippings of my leaky tap (which also provides water for my kettle and washing dishes). I really will get onto a plumber soon, but in the meantime it relieves my guilt a bit that I'm getting increasingly efficient at using the waste.

Attempted to book online for someone to come mow my lawns, but the company's upgraded the website and now it doesn't work in Firefox or Safari on Mac.

What else was today? Ah, yes, Doctor Who. You know, while under urgency due to the earthquake, our government passed a copyright amendment that provides for your internet to be cut off if three accusations of downloading infringing material from a file sharing site are sustained against you. (You see how vital this legislation is to Christchurch's recovery, of course.) The bill as passed plugs a few outrageous holes pointed out in the #blackout campaign a year or two ago that kept it from being passed back then, but keeps this same outrageous premise. So there's not much I can say about Doctor Who. At least not in public.

In general, feeling much less stressed with Boots improving. If I keep sleeping 10-12 hours a night I might be able to cope with going back to work next week...

Date: 2011-04-24 11:14 am (UTC)
cyphomandra: boats in Auckland Harbour. Blue, blocky, cheerful (boats)
From: [personal profile] cyphomandra
Good to hear Boots is doing better! (and that you're bonding with the Pocketbook)

The copyright amendment is ridiculous - and passing it under urgency with the quake as an excuse is just insulting. Have you seen the graphs going around about just how much legislation this government is ramming through under urgency?

Date: 2011-04-24 12:29 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] ajk
Accusations are sustained? Does that mean that any accusation is enough, or does that require that the accusation has been proven in a court of law (under what standard of proof?), or something different?

Date: 2011-04-25 06:24 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] ajk
Hmm. I don't like the policy behind that bill. But reviewing it as law only...

At the tribunal, neither party is allowed lawyers by default. It remains to be seen what the tribunal's practice ends up being as regards to that. An interesting question is what happens if the rights or account holder is a lawyer themselves; I suppose the other party would then be allowed lawyer representation.

I did not see anything about appeal from the tribunal's judgment. Ah, it's in the existing law, appeals may only be made on points of law (judgments of fact cannot be appealed). That's consistent with what I understand of English-derived law, but feels alien to me since in Finland even factual judgments can be appealed.

The tribunal cannot make the suspension order, it must be applied for in a District Court, which apparently has wide discretion whether to impose a suspension even after the infringements are proven (presumably the tribunal's determination would be considered binding, and any challenge not made during the notice and tribunal process would be considered waived).

The identity of the alleged or presumed violator is shielded from the rights holder up until the district court proceedings.

Disregarding my contempt for the policy of the bill, I like the bill quite a bit. Much better than what I have heard of similar laws elsewhere (but this is the first I have personally examined).

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