Kiwi three strikes law closes on first victims
Telstra Clear and Vodafone issue enforcements
New Zealand’s controversial ‘three strikes’ copyright crackdown law may be eliciting its first hefty fines from downloading culprits, since being introduced in September last year.
The Skynet law, which gives illegal downloaders two chances to cease and desist before issuing a third and final notice that attracts fines of up to NZ$15,000 from the Copyright Tribunal, has not until this stage been taken to the ‘third strike’ stage.
Early into its introduction into the New Zealand market around 75 illegal downloaders were issued notices by their ISPs, most of which came from music thieves and detected by the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ).
Again those up for the fines have been clocked by RIANZ for illegal music downloads. However the movie content industry, which vociferously argued for the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Act, has yet to issue a single warning.
Vodafone and Telstra Clear have both confirmed that they have received notices from RIANZ to issue an “enforcement notices” to customers.
Telecom New Zealand has also confirmed that it has issued a third strike warning but then rescinded it “after Telecom supported the customer in understanding the process and making a valid challenge under the regime,” the NBR reported. ®
Careful with the wording Mr Reg
It is after being ACCUSED of downloading three times. Until the third notice you have no comeback against the accusations - if your accuser makes a mistake twice it is not till the third time that you will even know who they are.
That is why this law was so unpopular, because for two thirds of the process you are blind to where the accusations come from.
NZ$15,000 for downloading songs that sell for $1? I thought the Kiwi's had lost lost all sense of proportion when they starts jailing parents for smacking their kids, but clearly not. There was still some left to lose.
Dunno about NZ, but if its as easy to signup for mobile pre-paid broadband using false credentials as it is in other countries in the same region, as long as sir does not mind to pay a bit extra, sir can continue to have Internet access. Anonymously. End up then getting 3 Strikes on your anonymous prepaid account? Just open another. And another. and another. et al.... Whats that? Sir has an external parabolic antenna for sir's USB broadband dongle and sir can point it at the 3G tower several suburbs away? Supurb! Sir will continue to enjoy downloading whatever the fuck sir enjoys....
Anonymous, for obvious reasons.