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NZ Copyright Tribunal Fines First File-Sharer 102

An anonymous reader writes with news that the first successful case was brought before the copyright tribunal under NZ's three strikes law. From the article: "The first music pirate stung under new file-sharing laws has been fined $616 but 'didn't realise' the actions were illegal. The Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ) — which represents music studios — took an unnamed offender to the Copyright Tribunal last year for sharing songs on the Internet — a track by Barbadian pop-star Rihanna on two occasions and the other by Nashville band Hot Chelle Rae. In a decision released today, the tribunal found in RIANZ's favor and ordered the offender ... to pay a penalty $616.57." Torrent Freak has a slightly different perspective: a lack of evidence and pushback from the tribunal resulted in much smaller fines than the RIANZ wanted.
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NZ Copyright Tribunal Fines First File-Sharer

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  • Re:Absurd (Score:4, Funny)

    by SJHillman ( 1966756 ) on Wednesday January 30, 2013 @10:32AM (#42737195)

    "Hell, she probably could have gone and punched the head of the RIANZ in the fucking face and got off with a smaller fine (though probably some community work as well)."

    Wait, so she'd get community work for doing community work?

  • Prometheus (Score:5, Funny)

    by srussia ( 884021 ) on Wednesday January 30, 2013 @11:26AM (#42737817)
    The first fire-sharer was Prometheus. His punishment was getting his liver pecked at by an eagle every morning. NZD616 doesn't sound so bad in comparison.

    In fact, the Prometheus myth is uncannily applicable to the current IP situation:
    (a) He didn't actually steal fire, but rather replicated it (causing no loss to its owners on Mt. Olympus).
    (b) He benefited mankind by sharing it.
    (c) He got a totally incommensurate punishment from the jealous "guardians" of this easily replicable thing.

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