Wednesday 5 September 2012

New Zealand approaches 'third strike'

The 'Three strikes' regime in New Zealand is fast approaching implementing the 'third strike' against three alleged persistent copyright infringers who are facing the possibility of NZ$15,000 fines in the Copyright Tribunal. 

So far some 2,700 warning letters have been sent out under the Kiwi's graduated response system, mostly at the behest of the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand and three customers of Telecom New Zealand are now facing court sanctions. The telecoms company said it did not know what its role would be in the Tribunal, saying that was for the Tribunal to determine and maintained what the carrier's role in the system was administrative only, simply passing on warning letters from those copyright owners who allege infringement to their customers who are identified by their IP address.

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