NZ Passes Copyright Infringement Bill
The New Zealand Parliament passed new copyright infringement legislation today. The government press release describes the law, which takes effect on 1 September this year, as a “three-notice regime to deter illegal file sharing”. According to Commerce Minister, Simon Power, “Online copyright infringement has been damaging for the creative industry, which has experienced significant declines in revenue as file sharing has become more prevalent”. Under the new legislation, copyright owners will notify an Internet Service Provider that someone is downloading material illegally, and the ISP will send a warning to the customer who has violated copyright. After three warnings, the copyright owner can take the individual to the Copyright Tribunal, which can impose a penalty up to $15,000. The bill was passed under urgency with support from all parties except the Greens. For more information and some early reactions, see the article on Stuff.co.nz.