New Zealand outlaws Internet file-sharing

Apr 14, 2011
An MP3 music file is being downloaded through a peer to peer website. New Zealand passed a law against online piracy which outlaws file-sharing and threatens repeat offenders with having their Internet access cut off.

New Zealand passed a law against online piracy Thursday which outlaws file-sharing and threatens repeat offenders with having their Internet access cut off.

The new law allows for penalties of up to NZ$15,000 ($12,000) to be paid to the copyright owner and if this is ineffective offenders can have their Internet account suspended for up to six months.

"Online has been damaging for the creative industry, which has experienced significant declines in revenue as has become more prevalent," Commerce Minister Simon Power said.

"This legislation will discourage illegal file sharing and provide more effective measures to help our creative industries enforce their copyright."

The new law gives copyright owners the power to send evidence of alleged infringements to Internet service providers, who will then send up to three infringement notices to the account holder.

If the warnings are ignored then a claim can be made to the Copyright Tribunal which can make awards of up to NZ$15,000 against the account holder.

The new will take effect on September 1 but will not apply to mobile networks until October 2013.

Only the Green Party and two independent MPs voted against the bill although there were strong objections by user groups over the past year as it went through the select committee process.

MPs were accused of not understanding file sharing and Internet basics.

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Quantum_Conundrum
3.7 / 5 (3) Apr 14, 2011
Yeah, the definition of "ownership" is being changed completely.

You pay for something, and then the government or coroporation, or "somebody" gets to tell you that you cannot share it with someone, even though you "own" it.

Let's also ban car pooling, tool sharing, clothing sharing and other forms of lending, and gifts as well.

Oh yeah, banning someone's internet in the modern world is practically firing them from their job, or preventing them from getting a job if they don't have one.

There's all kinds of file sharing on the internet. I mean, the internet was INVENTED for file sharing and communication in the first place.

Most major websites, including Facebook, any Email account, Yahoo, Google, Myspace, etc, either promote or enable file sharing in some way.

You can also do file sharing through any video game which has a custom level editor, such as Starcraft 2. Just hide your file in the map archives or a replay archives, or include it as background music...
ClickHere
5 / 5 (1) Apr 14, 2011
This webpage is simply a file shared
J-n
3.5 / 5 (2) Apr 14, 2011
MPs were accused of not understanding file sharing and Internet basics.


No WAY!!! An Elected official not understanding technology, and voting in a way that shows the only education they got was from companies eager to sue the pants off anyone that isn't buying enough of their products?!

/gasp!
PinkElephant
5 / 5 (1) Apr 14, 2011
You pay for something, and then the government or coroporation, or "somebody" gets to tell you that you cannot share it with someone, even though you "own" it.
Not exactly. They're telling you that you can't duplicate it, and permanently give this permanent duplicate to somebody else. Because in doing so, you make it impossible for the original seller of that "something" to ever sell it to anyone again: once you've duplicated it and shared the result, it will be duplicated and shared by others, ad infinitum, until everyone in the world who wanted it has their own FREE copy.
Let's also ban car pooling, tool sharing, clothing sharing and other forms of lending, and gifts as well.
When you share your car, tools, clothes, etc. you aren't creating a DUPLICATE of them. LENDING is not nearly equivalent to file-sharing, as e.g. via BitTorrent.
Most major websites ... promote or enable file sharing
Point is: what if YOU don't want YOUR non-free product to be FREELY shared?
yempski
not rated yet Apr 14, 2011
I have never understood why file "copying" over a distributed network is called file "sharing".
ziphead
1 / 5 (1) Apr 15, 2011
I do not agree that content on the net should be free by default (far from it). I do feel however that law of this nature has little chance of being enforceable.

They might as well outlaw gravity while they are at it.
sdbohn
5 / 5 (1) Apr 15, 2011
"Online copyright infringement has been damaging for the creative industry..." That's balderdash. If anything it has rejuvenated many "forgotten" artists and brought countless others unexpected fame. What it damages is the licensing industry. They slept through the nineties and still haven't come to grips with the new paradigm. Meanwhile, they effectively rape the creative talent they are supposed to represent. They make significantly less than they did in the bubble that was the sixties, made it again with the advent of CDs, and now they're not happy. They (the licensing industry) is on the wrong track; they no longer know how to sell that which they have stolen from the artists.
frajo
not rated yet Apr 15, 2011
We are living in the midst of a paradigm change.
The concept of ownership, based on ancient access methods to material objects, was already incompatibel with the advent of Gutenberg's moveable type printing 500 years ago and the subsequent invention of the "intellectual property" concept and is utterly antiquated with the internet era.
Of course, the profiteers of the old paradigm won't let go and are using every method available to them, including immoral ones, to stop the wheels of time.
In the long run, however, they will become just another remnant of the past. No special interest group in history ever prevented progress. (Not in Arab countries and not elsewhere.)

The regulation of access to immaterial objects cannot be handled the same way as entering an aristocrat's castle.
El_Nose
not rated yet Apr 25, 2011
well this is an inconvience to tech savvy users as well -- say you have a picture dump that has become cumbersome for the entire family to recieve updates of what you did --- or better yet everyone in the family sends you pictures so that you can redistribute and keep an archive

so every month you give the family a new torrent to track and they can grab the new photo albums they are interested in looking at --- no biggy -- keeps overhead down and all you have to do is set up a torrent and send the link to the entire family -- easy

this is now illegal

but while they are not trying to ban web pages -- which isn't really peer-2-peer --- but think of things that are peer-2-peer like sharing a file in the office through a shared folder -- that is a definite violation -- those spreadsheets - yeah better print them out - but sharing a file location that is not on the same machine has got to violate that policy