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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > New Zealand Ignored New Copyright Law

New Zealand Ignored New Copyright Law

New Zealand Ignored New Copyright Law

Added: Monday, September 12th, 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 citizens of New Zealand have reacted to their government, which stripped them of their fundamental rights by enforcing a draconian “three-strikes” legislation, by simply ignoring it.


Internet service providers in New Zealand have reported that their traffic levels are approximately the same as they had been before the copyright law was introduced. Although one of the broadband providers admitted that its traffic was down 10%, as people were a bit spooked by the legislation, other Internet service providers haven’t noticed much difference.

The New Zealand Internet service provider Orcon claimed that international traffic into the country has decreased by around 10% since last week. Speaking to the reporters, the ISP’s chief executive said that P2P file-sharing was the 2nd largest source of traffic, following video streaming. Considering this, 10% of the traffic decrease is just nothing, which means that either people aren’t concerned about the “three-strikes” legislation, or that file-sharing in the country didn’t exist.

What makes the country’s legislation worthy of a third world despotism is that the burden of proof is now on alleged file-sharers to prove that they aren’t guilty. Meanwhile, the new law stipulates fines of up to $12,000 or 6 months Internet disconnection. In other words, it’s one of the most draconian cybercrime laws in the world, which means that New Zealand, which gave the world state pensions, national healthcare, votes for women, and nuclear freezones, is for some reasons only forward in going backwards.

When such legislation was enforced in Sweden, the country’s traffic levels dropped by 1/3, but then recovered because file-sharers kept on to ignore the legislation. Up to date, Internet service providers of New Zealand haven’t reported any complaints under the new legislation. However, it’s expected that the complaints start being filed soon and there will be a need for a few examples before the citizens take the legislation seriously.

So far the country’s government showed how little it knew about the web when signed the statement of the United Nations calling "three strikes" policies a violation of fundamental rights as those deprived copyright violators of access to the web. We’ll see what happens next in New Zealand.

September 12th,2011

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Date:  Monday, September 12th, 2011

Comments (7) (please add your comment »)

posted by Turtle (2011-09-12 12:40:42)
No avatarIt's up to the citizen to prove that they *didn't* do something? What next, do they have to prove that they *don't* own a unicorn, for fear of falling foul of a hastily-passed Illegal Ownership of Fantastical Beasts law?

posted by Blocked (2011-09-12 13:07:00)
No avatarsweden ppl are just smarter they know how to hide what htey are doing all the swedish ppl i know talk to each day downlaod mroe then they ever have done befor.

posted by (2011-09-12 23:12:21)
Brynn217 avatarI just think they need to reroute all the traffic thru government routers.... hack the wifi for those wh signed the bill

posted by (2011-09-13 07:58:03)
dikhed avatarIm still downloading 24/7.

posted by (2011-09-14 00:41:08)
1shadowwolf avatarlol another country makes themselves look like fools, ps. I like how Taker has a warning LOL, That bot gets EVERYONE!!!

posted by (2011-09-15 05:04:06)
No avatarThe traffic won't change at all if people are taking advantage of proxy services such as BTGuard, HideMyA**. BTGuard is the best $8 ive spent especially cause you get Utorrent already setup to use the proxy service.

posted by (2011-09-15 23:20:49)
RED3Y3 avatarjust hideing my IP what good the net if you can't file share.go the all blacks!!!

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