Controversial NZ file sharing law PASSED!

By on

The New Zealand Government’s amendments to the Copyright Act, the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill, that was introduced last night has passed today by its Parliament with support from all major parties.

The law passed by 111 votes to 11 – only those dissenting were the Greens Party, and independent MPs Chris Carter and Hone Harawira. The amendments have also been opposed by many in New Zealand, and over the world – with the resurgence of the #blackout movement that was started in 2009.

During the debate, which was heavily followed by Twitter users, MPs were criticised – according to Stuff.co.nz – over their lack of knowledge of the basics of file sharing and the fundamentals of the Internet. One MP, Jonathan Young, even compared it to Skynet from the Terminator movies.

The new law will allow copyright owners ask for a six-month suspension of internet service to homes that have been found to have repeatedly infringe on copyrighted material. It will also introduce a “three strikes” regime, an introduction of a Copyright Tribunal that will impose a maximum penalty of NZ$15,000. ISPs will also be legally required to send notices of copyright infringement.

The new law will also allow the Commerce Minister to impose stricter conditions if it does not stop a large majority of illegal downloads.

It will come into force on September 1, with the exception of mobile networks – who will fall under this law in 2013.

Join the Conversation

  • Jim

    “The new law will also allow the Commerce Minister to impose stricter
    conditions if it does not stop a large majority of illegal downloads.”

    ^THIS is what worries me most. Apparently, if this doesn’t work, the problem will still be with filesharing, and not with the ancient capitalist system corporations are still desperately clinging to. Someone tell them that either they can adapt to the age of free information, or bugger right off.

  • Anonymous

    I think they’re forgetting what happened when the internet was cut off in Egypt

  • One Bogus9

    there is two things found on the internet – adult material and “file sharing” (or I like to say “off site backups”) and sometimes both at once. All the other stuff is rubbish (except techgeek)

  • Me

    We, the people of New Zealand, Will still oppose this.