Feeds

Kiwi three strikes law closes on first victims

Telstra Clear and Vodafone issue enforcements

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable

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Telecom New Zealand has also confirmed that it has issued a third strike warning but then rescinded it “after Telecom supported the customer in understanding the process and making a valid challenge under the regime,” the NBR reported. ®

The smart choice: opportunity from uncertainty

More from The Register

next story
Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network
'Prevent people that are passing by to hook up to your network', pleads plod
UK government officially adopts Open Document Format
Microsoft insurgency fails, earns snarky remark from UK digital services head
Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them
It's almost as though pr0n was actually rather popular
HP, Microsoft prove it again: Big Business doesn't create jobs
SMEs get lip service - what they need is dinner at the Club
ITC: Seagate and LSI can infringe Realtek patents because Realtek isn't in the US
Land of the (get off scot) free, when it's a foreign owner
MPs wave through Blighty's 'EMERGENCY' surveillance laws
Only 49 politcos voted against DRIP bill
Help yourself to anyone's photos FOR FREE, suggests UK.gov
Copyright law reforms will keep m'learned friends busy
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.