New Zealand copyright pirates to be penalised under new law

  • AFACT trying for similar legislation in Australia
  • Piracy on rise worldwide
  • BitTorrent targeted

The New Zealand Government has passed a new law which will see users who are found to be downloading content illegally to face a possible internet disconnection of up to six months.

As part of the new law, the internet service providers will need to first send a letter of warning to users who are suspected of downloading copyrighted content. The new law, supported by all parties in New Zealand apart from the Greens and two independents, could see the New Zealand Copyright Tribunal dole out fines of up to $NZ15, 000.

Meanwhile back on Australian shores, The Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) has lodged an appeal against ISP iiNet, which seeks to find iiNet responsible for its customers’ copyright breaches. iiNet has released its own proposal for dealing with users who are found to be downloading content illegally.

AFACT has faced criticism this year for releasing high figures relating to internet piracy, including the claim that downloading movies represents a “$1.37 billion loss to the Australian economy.” Technology-focused media outlets have slammed AFACT, questioning how the group arrived at these figures.