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New Zealand Parliament Supports “Three-strikes” Policy Against Copyright InfringementsAdded: Monday, May 3rd, 2010
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In New Zealand illegal file-sharers can pay up to $15,000 NZ ($10,700 USD) for their copyright infringement, if the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill will come in force.
Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill has passed its first reading behind the closed doors in New Zealand’s Parliament. First time the government tried to make the changes in the Copyright Act was in 2008. That time the attempt to make ISPs disconnect copyright violators described at Section 92A was failed due to public displease and ISP’s refusal. John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand, promised to produce the compromise changes trying to satisfy all the parties.
Since the last June the authorities has been working on “3-strikes” implementation, promising that there will be no mistaken punishment for innocent users. Last December there even was a certain plan of measures ready for Parliament consideration.
Last month the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill finally reached Parliament with definite changes for the better. The authorities call the changes intended for “fair and effective way to provide copyright protection in the file sharing sphere”.
The main change is the order of disconnecting the violators from the Internet. Now their fault must be proven in the court in case if warnings and access limitations don’t work for more than half a year. The Bill was supported by parliamentarians.
The Bill ensures that file sharers will be warned about the illegality of their actions and will be aware of responsibility for copyright infringements. For instance, according to this Bill, copyright owners will be able to get compensation at the rate of $15,000 NZ for cases of illegal use of their creations.
The Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill is heavily criticized from all the sides. Most are against temporary disconnection of users as a second stage of “three-strikes” policy. It can become a termination of human rights if user didn’t do anything illegal.
New Zealand Labor Party representatives think that the problem should be solved not only by punishment measures, but also by developing modern business models able to protect creative works better. Also it admits that disconnected user can go to another Internet provider and continue illegal file-sharing.
Next six month the Bill will be under the consideration of the Commerce Select Committee.
May 3rd, 2010
Monday, May 3rd, 2010
|it seems this 3 strikes disease is very contagious and spreading and fast||
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