The replacement Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill, which aims to stamp out internet piracy, is expected to pass through its final stage today. The new law would allow copyright owners to ask for a six-month suspension of the internet accounts of those who repeatedly infringe by sharing protected material. The Copyright Tribunal, which will hear file-sharing claims, will be able to award penalties of up to $15,000.
Parliament was sitting under urgency last night, and the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill was expected to pass its third and final stage.
Would someone tell me what is “urgent” about this bill? These duplicitous technically retarded scum need throwing out on their slimy arses. Furthermore, its long past time for some serious redrafting of copyright laws if they are going to result in these kind of assaults on privacy. Such laws are completely incompatible with naturally developing technology advances.
Update- Kiwiblog says “Overall I think Simon Power has done well on this issue, with the exception of the use of urgency for the remaining stages. The policy process of the last two years was good, and the changes made to the law have overall been beneficial.”