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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > New Zealand Libraries Protested Copyright Law

New Zealand Libraries Protested Copyright Law

New Zealand Libraries Protested Copyright Law

Added: Friday, May 27th, 2011
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
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New Zealand’s libraries submitted concerns about the revised version of the country’s copyright law. The matter is that new legislation could hold the libraries responsible for infringing users, and even require the institutions to identify and track every user.


Although the country passed a revised version of its copyright legislation less than a month ago, public institutions are already expressing concern about anonymous users violating the law, which can result in the suspension of their Internet connection. Indeed, the new legislation allows for penalties of up to $12,000 plus suspension of the Internet connection for 6 months for repeat infringements. Meanwhile, public institutions like libraries face the problem of offering free Internet access to many users.

Now, if just one anonymous user of such network is alleged of downloading copyrighted content, the network of the institution as a whole can be suspended. Although the legislation mentions the user or account holder, here the account holder (institution) actually provides service to hundreds if not thousands of people. That’s why the libraries of the country started to complain that the new law is misconceived and unfair.

The institutions’ representatives hope that copyright owners, along with the Copyright Tribunal and District Courts, will be able to recognize that taking steps by libraries to minimize copyright violation is a lawful defense against charges of liability. Although the libraries could start asking people for identification before using the Internet connection they offer, such approach would repel non-library members, as well as people who don’t have appropriate identification.

Another way the libraries can comply with the law is to put in place a system able to identify users and log their usage in case they will receive an infringement notice in future. But this will create a new bureaucracy nightmare, because the institutions would have to create a special division to control and maintain the list. The New Zealand’s libraries refer to their UK colleagues, who have the similar law enforced. In the United Kingdom there are also concerns that the legislation would result in ban on public Wi-Fi access. Currently, the only difference between the countries is that in the UK, so long as public institutions prove they did their best to address infringement, they won’t be held responsible for infringing users.

Anyway, the citizens of New Zealand can make conclusions that the new law can force libraries to log the names and activities of their users, and probably even traffic history as well…

May 27th,2011

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Date:  Friday, May 27th, 2011

Comments (4) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2011-05-28 12:48:26)
Wyzzard avatarWhile I agree that the legislation is poorly written and the concepts not properly thought through, I believe there is an unnecessary level of whining.

With a decent network Admin who understands what he is doing, libraries could simply block access to torrent-related sites. I am IT Support at my employer, and administer the companies' internet. It is the work of a few minutes to block the browser from loading any site name containing the words "torrent', "pirate", or any actual site name.

They conveniently forget this, in their protesting. One must ask "Why ???"

Simple answer is that they will use this as an excuse to log user activity and identities. Just one more way for "Big Brother" to keep watching. Libraries are, after all, a part of government--well, public ones, at least, that are run with tax dollars.

Good article, SaM, as always. I read your articles all the time, but haven't commented before. Be sure there are many of us out here who appreciate your hard work.

posted by (2011-05-30 11:22:41)
EX avatarWell that nothing new for NZ govt and it epic fail, over everything. what else do you expect from a country that has a fart tax LMAO

posted by ET junkieET loverTurtle (2011-05-31 14:02:21)
fusseltier avataryes but most IT people have no clue what they are doing.
after all, you know where they got IT from, its IdioT without the dio.
reboot, reformat, reinstall, thats most IT people.

posted by (2011-06-14 00:41:35)
mikey18 avatar"Country's going backwards like everything else?..."

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