Monday, April 18, 2011

NZ Copyright Amendment Bill

New Zealand has just enacted into law, the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Act 2011 No 11, Public Act, which requires the New Zealand Copyright Tribunal to oversee ISPs’ (Internet Service Providers) implementation of a graduated response system with subscribers found to be infringing copyright works over their networks.

The new law also provides for a “default” remedy for rights holders in the event that a court finds that the system implemented by the Copyright Tribunal is ineffective.

Not sure I agree with this, as where does the burden of proof lay. I have even had a letter from one of these cowboys accusing me of downloading a file, and I know I did not download the file .. so I say again, what is the proof required of the infringement process, or are you presumed to be guilty ?


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