UK and Canada move copyright goalposts for NZ

POSTED BY Rick Shera
03 June 2010

posted in l@w.geek.nz | Intellectual Property | Copyright | International

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First UK, in its Digital Economy Act, and now Canada in its C-32 Bill ( http://scr.bi/... ), have gone with notice and notice, rather than 3 strikes, graduated response or whatever one wants to call the offspring of the now infamous US DMCA.  New Zealand should follow suit.

UK and Canada have recognised that:

  • The scale of the problem which is said to require such draconian solutions is questionable at best
  • Any such system will catch innocent people and will not catch hard-core illegal file sharers
  • In order to build in necessary due process, the system must become overly complex and costly
  • Costs to ISPs in delivering a full due process system will effectively be worn by innocent ISP customers
  • Such systems are incompatible with increasing use of open wifi and community access to the internet
  • The termination remedy will not work and is disproportionate

These moves are timely, as the submission period on New Zealand's own copyright graduated response system, to replace the much maligned section 92A, comes to a close on 17 June ( http://bit.ly/aZ8Dd1 ).

POSTED BY Rick Shera
03 June 2010

posted in l@w.geek.nzIntellectual PropertyCopyrightInternational

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