New Zealand file-sharing Bill passed into law

In a wide-ranging debate under urgency, Parliament brought the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill to the brink of passage at midnight last night when the Speaker suspended debate.The final vote this morning passed the Bill by 111 votes to 11, the same figure as at second reading.The legislation puts in place a complex regime of warning and enforcement notices issued through internet service providers to users suspected of infringing copyright by online file-sharing, culminating in appearance of alleged repeat infringers before the Copyright Tribunal and possible further penalty in a district court.
http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/news/file-sharing-bill-passed-into-lawAlso see:Controversial internet file-sharing law passed
A bill that could see internet users have their access cut off if they repeatedly share copyright material has been passed by Parliament.The Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill, which aims to stamp out internet piracy, passed by 111 votes to 11 this morning.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/4885041/Controversial-internet-file-sharing-law-passedCopyright law: Net parodists target Nat MPs
From political grandstanding to internet laughing stock. It was a short step as MPs who lined up to praise the new bill fell prey to online gags.Internet users unleashed their frustration across the web in the form of parodies and satirical posts overnight, as Parliament moved to pass a controversial anti file-sharing law.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/4887073/Copyright-law-Net-parodists-target-Nat-MPsKiwi file-sharing crackdown sparks howls of protest
A bill that could see internet users have their access cut off if they repeatedly share copyright material has been passed by New Zealand’s parliament.The Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill, which aims to stamp out internet piracy, passed by 111 votes to 11 this morning.
www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/kiwi-filesharing-crackdown-sparks-howls-of-protest-20110414-1df6u.html
www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/kiwi-filesharing-crackdown-sparks-howls-of-protest-20110414-1df6u.htmlInternet file sharing bill under urgency
The second reading of the bill has passed 111 to 11, with the Greens and independent MP Hone Harawira voting against the legislation.
http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/internet-file-sharing-bill-under-urgency-ck-90750Labour defends support for file sharing bill
The Labour Party has defended its support for the controversial Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill, saying otherwise New Zealanders could have had their internet disconnected for file sharing.The bill was passed today, despite strong opposition from the Green Party and independent MPs, and an internet campaign against the bill.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=10719275Dented democracy
The only changes to the Bill that came out of the latest Select Committee process was a fix to poor drafting (section 122MA) and timing changes. It was as if everything else disappeared into a political black hole. No submission, research or logic seems to have penetrated.It’s hardly surprising then that the Government used urgency to quell debate and push the Bill through with no warning. Hardly a good look for democracy.
http://internetnz.net.nz/news/blog/2011/Dented-democracyFile-sharing law to pass tonight
The National Government’s compromise solution to the controversial Section 92A illegal file sharing legislation is to pass into law this evening.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=10719055Guilty until proven innocent: New Zealand rushes ahead with P2P bill
New Zealand’s last attempt at cutting off Internet access to alleged file-swappers generated so much opposition that the government had to back off and rethink its approach. Two years later, the tweaked idea is back, and it’s being quickly pushed through under “urgency” rules.The revised bill, which everyone agrees is an improvement, comes with a presumption of guilt, the possibility of NZ$15,000 fines, and possible disconnections in the future.
arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/04/guilty-until-proven-innocent-new-zealand-rushes-ahead-with-p2p-bill.ars

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