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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Internet Suspension Proposed in New Zealand

Internet Suspension Proposed in New Zealand

Internet Suspension Proposed in New Zealand

Added: Thursday, March 4th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
Commerce Minister of New Zealand introduced a bill last week, which would change the 1994 Copyright Act to provide some new measures against the illegal file-sharing of copyright on the Internet.


This amending clause called Copyright Amendment or Infringing File Sharing Amendment is supposed to provide such enforcement measures as Internet access suspension for half a year and penalties up to $ 10,000.

The Copyright Amendment Bill cancels the Section 92A that was too controversial and substitutes it for a regime like “three-strikes” supposed to deter unauthorized file-sharing. Formerly the ISPs were allowed to be judge, jury, and executioner for their users, but now the Court will require the disconnection. Either way, it seems that the bill is still much better than the above mentioned Section, or the “guilt upon accusation law.”

Minister said during press release that the Amendment actuates a balanced and fair process of dealing with copyright infringements happening via file-sharing. Its main feature is so called “three-notice” process, educating the community about unauthorized file-sharing and providing efficient approaches for copyright holders to recover their copyright. This will ensure that the public, including file-sharers, is given sufficient warnings of illegality of sharing copyright works. The legislation includes the possibility for copyright owners to seek temporary Internet suspensions for file-sharers as well as financial compensation. That is a standard model of “three-strikes”: three notifications – detection – warning - enforcement.

However, there are still concerns about Internet disconnection, even if it is a temporary action. As the Internet is now a vital, core service, the government can’t just terminate somebody’s right to post a letter. There are also concerns about the fines, which don’t seem to be proportionate enough to the actual losses of copyright owners. It’s unknown yet what scale will be used to base the fines on, but it has to be something proportionate.

Another trouble spot in all this Copyright Amendment is that users who have been suspended can just switch to another Internet Service Provider, and in this case there’s no sense in suspending their accounts in the first place.

March 4th, 2010

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Date:  Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Comments (7) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2010-03-04 12:47:00)
Stayingtrue avatarhmmmm. interstring read. thanks

posted by (2010-03-04 12:55:15)
No avatarcheers sam: its been all over the papers here, i think it will become one of those laws thats just on the books to please whoever it will never be policed, the ISP's arnt into it, its a no brainer. they tryed it in aussie a ISP took it to court and won, the judge ruled the ISP didnt have to hand over the info,


posted by (2010-03-04 21:16:33)
kingtiger01 avatarits a obvious no brainer, that any ISP willing to comply will end up losing its customers due to Distrust.

posted by (2010-03-04 21:54:53)
Lim247 avatarwow i cant belive that ppl on this site even know new zealand exist i dont feel so invisible now, we r sweet for p2p here no 1s getting prosecuted for p2p the pathetic government is way too busy with our huge unemployment problem, family violence and child abuse, putting our taxes up, giving handouts to maoris whos ancestors were apparently robbed 300 plus years ago and copying america in every way possible, oh and our priminister John Key wants obamas cock real bad its like a national celebration here when he gets a phone call from him regarding taking our troops into afghanistan or whatever

posted by (2010-03-05 15:05:02)
No avatarCopyright infringement - inside the legal minefield


posted by ET junkie (2010-03-07 03:07:23)
trianglechoke avatarCheers to my mates back in New Zealand, my home country. I moved to the states, after seeing this law pass-I'm glad I don't live there anymore.

posted by (2010-03-07 06:40:04)
a4azza avataris there some kind of tool that can block your port so they dont no your downloading or na

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