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1st Strikes Issued Under New Zealand Anti-Piracy Laws 123

Master Moose writes "New Zealand's largest ISPs confirmed yesterday that they had received their first notices under the government's new copyright regime, which came into effect on September 1. All the notices received so far appear to be from the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Telecom, for example, received 42 notices — 35 for alleged download of songs by R&B star Rihanna, six for Lady Gaga tunes and one for British recording artist Taio Cruz. Curiously, it was the music industry, rather than the movie industry, that fired the first shot. It was believed the Motion Picture Association was keen to go after copyright infringers."
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1st Strikes Issued Under New Zealand Anti-Piracy Laws

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  • by Znork ( 31774 ) on Wednesday November 02, 2011 @04:33AM (#37917210)

    Artists are a dime a dozen. The publishing industry knew that even when they lobbied for copyright from the start; simply taking somebody elses work and getting exclusive rights to it because you published it was a bit strong to pass politically so they used artists and creators as an excuse.

    From the perspective of economics and power it didn't matter anyway if the creators got a pittance, they'd never get more as there is and has always been a vast overproduction of creative materials. The scarcity is in channel space and consumer attention, not in getting material to shove in there.

    Had copyright ever been for the sake of creators then reproduction and distribution would have been unhindered but with the creator automatically entitled to a share of every sale. As it is now, they're the weak party to the bargain and as long as copyright works the way it does, they're screwed, and if they don't want to get screwed anymore, they'll be replaced with someone else.

  • Re:Notice (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Luckyo ( 1726890 ) on Wednesday November 02, 2011 @05:41AM (#37917560)

    Well, as far as we know, Tank Man is likely dead as he's unlikely to have survived captivity after causing Chinese leadership to lose face, while the government that killed him is considered a superpower. It has grown quite a bit more powerful.

    A lesson some naive people clearly haven't learned.

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