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New Zealand Legislature Mulls File-Sharing Bill 54

Posted by timothy
from the flee-to-australia-oh-wait dept.
bitserf writes from New Zealand: "Our overlords in government have decided to try and push through some file-sharing legislation. In the bill remains the controversial provisions for three-strikes removal of internet access, though interestingly, nothing prohibiting users from moving to other ISPs. Text of the bill can be found here. Interesting timing, considering ACTA negotiations due to be held in Wellington in April."
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New Zealand Legislature Mulls File-Sharing Bill

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  • by Mad Merlin (837387) on Saturday February 27, 2010 @04:44AM (#31295724) Homepage

    In the bill remains the controversial provisions for three-strikes removal of internet access, though interestingly, nothing prohibiting users from moving to other ISPs.

    Doesn't mean much when your choices are the local cable monopoly or the local telco monopoly. It just makes three strikes into six.

  • I wonder (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Superdarion (1286310) on Saturday February 27, 2010 @05:06AM (#31295794)
    I wonder if there is going to be some sort of unbiased, uncorrupted, unidiotic government organism regulating this. I mean, if the Industry is going to have complete control of this, it'll mean cheaper and more effective way for organisms such as the RIAA to terrorize customers. They won't even need lawyers anymore!
  • by AK Marc (707885) on Saturday February 27, 2010 @07:07AM (#31296076)
    Doesn't mean much when your choices are the local cable monopoly or the local telco monopoly. It just makes three strikes into six.

    There is no cable TV in NZ.

    I don't mind when people talk about "well, here it would be XXX." But when directly commenting on a three strikes law in NZ and talking about moving to the cable provider when "cable TV" is done only in very very limited areas (and not at all like the US) because Sky TV has the monopoly, it's just sad. I still haven't figured out why they can't just make a -1 Wrong mod. You stated a fact assuming that there exist cable providers, and that's simply wrong. It's not a troll or flamebait. It's simply a false statement, not made from malice, but ignorance. Or with an implied "I don't know how anything works outside my city where I live, but if it happened here, this is what effect it would have on me:" for a preface. But whatever the reasons, it's completely inaccurate and doesn't apply to this article at all. Those in the location they are discussing don't have cable as an option.

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