Feeds

New Zealand court hands out second peppercorn downloading penalty

Kiwi freetards have no taste whatever

The Power of One Infographic

New Zealand’s Copyright Tribunal has handed down its second decision under that country’s controversial “SkyNet” anti-downloading legislation.

Once again, the tribunal has imposed a fine considerably less than that sought by the country’s music industry lobby, RIANZ (the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand). Asked to slap the unnamed 50-year-old defendant with a NZ$1,681 penalty, the tribunal instead fined the defendant NZ$557.

His defence was that BitTorrent was downloaded by his children, which seems plausible since the two songs for which he was punished were Coldplay’s Paradise and Kesha’s We R Who We R, according to Stuff.

Under the New Zealand regime, RIANZ notifies an ISP when it believes illegal downloading is taking place. The ISP then sends three notices to the customer. If no acceptable response is received, the case is escalated to the Copyright Tribunal.

The defendant claimed financial difficulties. Most of the fine was in the form of costs and penalties, with a fee of just $7.17 to pay for the actual songs.

This case follows a case handed down at the end of January, in which similar fine was imposed for an individual who had downloaded Rhianna’s Man Down and Hot Chelle Ray’s Tonight Tonight.

The New Zealand Herald reports that RIANZ has so far spent NZ$250,000 pursuing pirates in that country. Its return so far of NZ$1,200 suggests a hot tip at the horse-races would yield a better return.

RIANZ has also told NZ Radio it believes installing a BitTorrent client is proof that an individual is sharing files illegally. ®

Boost IT visibility and business value

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
EU's top data cops to meet Google, Microsoft et al over 'right to be forgotten'
Plan to hammer out 'coherent' guidelines. Good luck chaps!
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.