New Zealand proposes new “3 strikes” process for P2P users

15 07 2009

New Zealand’s first attempt at passing a “three strikes” law fell apart as rights holders and Internet service providers were unable to agree on a voluntary code of practice. One of the biggest concerns was the lack of due process; how could New Zealand avoid presuming that the accused were guilty yet still develop a means of judging accusations that was cheaper and faster than the country’s High Court?

Given the rancorous debate over the subject, the government scrapped its law earlier this year and went back to the drawing board. It convened a working group of “intellectual property and Internet law experts” to advise it on a fair solution to the problem of repeated online copyright infringement. That group has now concluded its work, and New Zealand’s Ministry of Economic Development yesterday issued its policy proposal (PDF) for public comment.

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