InternetNZ is expecting New Zealand’s up to date Copyright Act will “go longer than UHT milk”, with copyright holders no more going after Kiwi pirates using the so-called ‘Skynet’ rules. MBIE closed appointment on their overview of the Copyright Act last month after seeking opinions on how well the law is working, with InternetNZ among those submitting on several aspects, including New Zealand’s controversial anti-piracy file-sharing enforcement rules.

In pursuing years, a handful of cases were brought to the Tribunal – the vast majority of them by the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand, which is now Recorded Music NZ. However, MBIE and industry representatives are actually saying regulations hasn’t been used for a long time, is dysfunctional, and looks to have grown to be almost completely redundant. In Recorded Music NZ’s 2017 response to the review’s conditions of reference, they elaborated on the countless problems they faced with all the regime. InternetNZ engagement director Andrew Cushen said his company welcomes the review, and that New Zealand’s copyright legislation around file sharing is becoming completely irrelevant and unused. The file-sharing law addressed a short-term problem.

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In the MBIE conversation paper on the review, it was confirmed that Kiwi file-sharing pirates are essentially not being chased anymore. Although a number of infringement cases using the infringing file sharing provisions were brought soon after the regime arrived to effect in 2012, we understand that the regime is longer being used by copyright owners no.

A Ministry of Justice spokesperson said that, while their ministry administers the Copyright Tribunal, these were incapable to supply the true variety of notices delivered, and known 1 NEWs to MBIE, which administers the Copyright Act. However, a spokesperson for MBIE also said they don’t have any record on the number of notices issued.

Spokespeople for four of New Zealand’s largest ISPs – Spark, Vodafone, 2degrees and Vocus (Slingshot/Orcon) – either didn’t respond to a request to supply the variety of notices released, or dropped to provide them. Independent research commissioned by Vocus released this season in February, suggested services like Netflix have resulted in a dramatic decrease in peer-to-peer piracy.

Submissions to the review are currently being considered by MBIE before cupboard policy decisions are made and a draft bill is released – no timeline has been given. Google is voluntarily pulling down a huge selection of websites involved in pirating popular movies and television shows after years of intensifying criticism from local film businesses and content designers. Village Roadshow chief executive Graham Burke said there got up to now been 832 sites blocked by the multibillion-dollar search system, as part of a fresh collaborative strategy between Google, internet providers, and content owners.

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