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New Zealand Rushed Through Copyright Legislation

New Zealand Rushed Through Copyright Legislation

Added: Wednesday, April 20th, 2011
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
The government of New Zealand recently surprised its citizens and even some Members of Parliament by rushing through the “three-strikes” law yesterday. The proposed legislation will allow Internet service providers to disconnect their subscribers from the Internet for as long as 6 months under infringement claims received from rights owners.

Surprisingly enough, New Zealand’s government decided to rush through the law within a few hours, thus determining the fate of file-sharers who upload copyrighted content without the permission of copyright owners. The Copyright Amendment Bill managed to unanimously pass its first reading in Parliament a year ago, proposing to implement a “three-strikes” regime under which ISPs will be demanded to send out notifications to suspected infringers on behalf of copyright owners.

Besides, the country’s Copyright Tribunal will be given a power to deliver decisions on cases of suspected repeat infringement and to hand down fines up to $12,000. Repeat offenders will face a 6 month period of disconnection. This suggested measure has surprised even Green MP Gareth Hughes, as he didn’t even know the legislation was coming up that day. He said that the surprise came from the fact that the bill hadn’t been debated since November. The MP also admitted that he is going to request an amendment asking to delete the suspension clause. In respond, a spokesperson for Commerce Minister Simon Power announced the request would be opposed. Although the Greens are against the clause stipulating disconnections, they still support the legislation in principle.

The second reading of the bill is coupled with a Supplementary Order Paper, which is partly aimed at clarifying burden of proof matters in the clause in question. Rick Shera, the IP attorney, said that the clause actually created a presumption in favor of rights holders, so the changes are being discussed to delete the reference to the presumption of guilt being “conclusive”. He believes that the Tribunal is quite capable of determining whose evidence is better, because that’s what it was created for.

The controversial legislation was expected to pass its 3rd and final stage within just a few hours, which has already caused protests on Twitter. The users of the service were calling for a repeat of demonstrations that took place last year.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article



By:
SaM
April 20th,2011

Posted by: 
SaM

Date:  Wednesday, April 20th, 2011



Comments (8) (please add your comment »)

1
posted by (2011-04-20 22:51:52)
gonads90 avatarAnd where do u live doomrider? I guess some shitty over crowded city in the northern hemisphere?

If you have ever been to New Zealand you wouldn't have a bad word to say about it.
Go out and get a Fu*king life.

2
posted by Blocked (2011-04-21 01:58:47)
klkeklller avatarof course it has its a young country with politicians begging to be bought

3
posted by (2011-04-21 06:13:37)
Bridgeburner avatarWell said Gonads - the level of ignorance in some of these comments is laughable.

While most of the world tears itself to pieces, I'm happy to live in a country where pollution and overcrowding are minor issues compared to other countries. I know what isolation from the rest of the world means, and while it has its negatives, don't diss a country you obviously have no clue about.

And klkeklller - New Zealand has one of the lowest levels of political/governmental corruption in the world. Politicians are too chickensh!t to take a bribe if it smacked them in the face, and there is relatively little in the way of effective lobbying by private enterprise here.

Simple fact is, we now face ISP pressure, large fines and disconnection when this law takes effect in September. So isolated or not, our country no one cares about is obviously on the MPAA and RIAA radar like most other developed nations.

End Rant.

4
posted by Turtle (2011-04-21 06:48:15)
soulless360 avatarDoomrider another pathetic person in the world that nobody cares about, who is far far from reality!!!

5
posted by (2011-04-21 07:43:46)
newrose avatarDisgusting legislation, hate government for this.

6
posted by ET lover (2011-04-21 10:21:41)
Swivel avatarWell who cares, New Zealand is a land of the Fat and lazy.

Bridgeburner

The reason New Zealand has one of the lowest levels of political/governmental corruption in the world, is because we kicked Labour out.
Politicians are too chickensh!t to take a bribe if it smacked them in the face, as they don't want to upset the Maori and be called a racist.

My Rant Over

7
posted by (2011-04-21 22:29:16)
Bridgeburner avatarSwivel - Not disagreeing with you in terms of left wing policies destroying New Zealand.

I'm a right wing voter, and can't stand the current pandering to minority parties and Maori activists. Simple fact is National has inherited a country that is practically bankrupt and are now up against it because of a core of lazy dole bludgers.

I work a 70 hour week, and hate seeing my taxes prop up those who can't be stuffed doing a decent days work.

What I take exception to are those commenting here who have no clue, and simply like to throw out 'you are weak' as a coherent argument to why the Government adopted bad policy.

8
posted by (2011-04-25 08:30:50)
No avatarbridgeburner said it when he said

"Simple fact is, we now face ISP pressure, large fines and disconnection when this law takes effect in September. So isolated or not, our country no one cares about is obviously on the MPAA and RIAA radar like most other developed nations."

it comes right down to what has been said so far (and dont take me the wrong way on this ive been to nz and love it there0 but NZ is small and the MPAA and RIAA are huge they have more people working for them then the total population of NZ they bully these smaller countries into submission with threats and fear and then they consider it a victory

so then they can go ahead and go in front of all the bigger countries in the world and say "our ways are right see this country and this one and this one and so far and so on is following our rules why arent you" as a american i wish i could see people in my country this worried about the environment or the homeless problem here because honestly who cares if a handfull of people around the world are downloading mp3s or dvd rips when was the last time anyone here heard them say we wanted to make that new thor movie but we just didnt have the 100 million dollar budget because of piracy..... anyway i might be wrong but thats just how i see it



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