Feeds

NZ ISP piracy law kicks in

Download notices expose appalling musical tastes

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

New Zealand’s first crop of internet content stealers will soon receive copyright infringement notices under the recently introduced ‘Skynet’ law.

Around 75 internet users have been issued notices by their ISPs for illegal downloads. It is understood that the bulk of the piracy infringements were detected by the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ) which directed the relevant ISPs to send notices to the offending customers.

Not only did the illegal downloaders offend under the new piracy act, which was introduced two months ago, but they also displayed a fragrant disregard for any modicum of musical taste: Rhianna and Lady Gaga were apparently the illegal downloads of choice for Kiwi freetards.

Telecom New Zealand confirmed it received notices from RIANZ to issue copyright infringement notices to 42 customers, while ISP Orcon also confirmed that it has been instructed to do the same. Forty of the 50 notices sent to Telecom and Orcon concerned the illegal download of Rihanna tracks and another six for Lady Gaga tracks.

TelstraClear also confirmed that allegations of around a dozen notices had been received and the carrier was in the process of validating them and Vodafone admitted to receiving a few.

Under the procedure RIANZ needs to pay NZ$25 per notice to recompense ISPs for sending the notices to their customers, but are set to recoup the costs if the infringements continue and the internet downloaders are fined after a "third strike".

Consumers accused of internet piracy can be fined up to $NZ15,000 once they have received their third infringement notice, a penalty which takes a Rhianna track far beyond any reasonable notional value.

At the very least, if found guilty by the Copyright Tribunal, users may be forced to stump up $NZ275 in costs for the rights holders for their three infringement notices. ®

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
Big Content outs piracy hotbeds: São Paulo, Beijing ... TORONTO?
MPAA calls Canadians a bunch of bootlegging movie thieves
Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec
You need an emotional connection, says touchy-feely MD... We can do that
Lawyers mobilise angry mob against Apple over alleged 2011 Macbook Pro crapness
We suffered 'random bouts of graphical distortion' - fanbois
Just don't blame Bono! Apple iTunes music sales PLUMMET
Cupertino revenue hit by cheapo downloads, says report
US court SHUTS DOWN 'scammers posing as Microsoft, Facebook support staff'
Netizens allegedly duped into paying for bogus tech advice
Feds seek potential 'second Snowden' gov doc leaker – report
Hang on, Ed wasn't here when we compiled THIS document
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Internet Security Threat Report 2014
An overview and analysis of the year in global threat activity: identify, analyze, and provide commentary on emerging trends in the dynamic threat landscape.