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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Kiwi “Three-Strikes” Debate Heated Up

Kiwi “Three-Strikes” Debate Heated Up

Kiwi “Three-Strikes” Debate Heated Up

Added: Monday, August 16th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
The discussion around the proposed “three-strikes” law in New Zealand is heating up, with the famous lawyer Clive Elliott and Law Society coming out to support the legislation, arguing that the punishment it imposes doesn’t differ from a driving penalty, so it’s a common thing. At the same time,Internet NZ is publicly coming out against the law, believing that threat of disconnection is too strict for such offense and asking to remove this article.


New Zealand’s Commerce Select Committee made more commentary on the legislation. The debate began last month, when critics started saying that Internet disconnection can be compared to cutting off electricity or phone service. Before that, Finland showed an example by making a broadband connection a basic human right.

Since then the debate was expected to calm down, but it didn’t. The Law Society came out to support the law and suggest the articles similar to those adopted in France, so that a convicted subscriber couldn’t open an account with another service provider to continue unauthorized file sharing. Although the Law Society wants the local law to copy the French one, HADOPI has already shown its ineffectiveness after being put in to practice. This means that the law of New Zealand, if taking the same route, can make the same mistakes with the same result.

The famous lawyer Clive Elliott has also voiced his opinion on the subject, arguing that disconnecting users from the web for illegal activities is nothing unusual, like a driving offense. Here, if an individual commits a serious driving offense, he gets banned from driving not just the vehicle in which he violated the law, but rather from driving any vehicle. Another example is that if the individual is found guilty of harassing his domestic partner, he will be served with an order to stop contacting his kids as well, even if he did not offend against them. All this indicated that the provision should exist banning the infringer from opening an account with any other provider.

On the other side of the barricade is Internet NZ, calling for removal of the articles about disconnection, arguing that people use the Internet for a wide variety of important social and economic tasks, and therefore disconnecting them from the Internet is equal to banning people from using the postal service because of getting caught sending copied CDs.

August 16th, 2010

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Date:  Monday, August 16th, 2010

Comments (2) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2010-08-17 02:50:28)
HugeRancidDog avatarlawyers shouldn't exist really.

posted by (2010-08-17 04:12:33)
Rockman avatarIf one gets disconected because of three strikes how does one get phone service back; don t they just disconnet the dsl; how does one live with out a phone? How does one get a phone back hopefuly with internet service and not get caught ? ? and yes the world would be better no lawyers . . .

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