Greens Launch Parody & Satire Bill

Gareth Hughes of The Greens has just launched a bill to amend NZ Copyright law so that Parody & Satire are protected in NZ (read the bill here). This is great news for NZ Artists who have ever made, or thought about making, works that make critical comments through found source material.

Australia got this in 2006, and the US has had it for aaages, so its about time NZ caught up and gave its artists the same protections.

Hughes will be holding an online Q&A session from 6-7pm tonight (9 November 2011). Check it out here.

So…Where Are All The Infringement Notices?

This from TechLiberty: 16 days in to the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Act and very few infringement notices have been received by ISPs. So what are the Big Content Boys doing and what happened to the millions of infringements they keep complaining about? Tax payers have spent heaps on creating a heavily subsidised enforcement regime for these organisations and now its looking like their claims were hollow. Hmmm…

NZ’s Parody and Satire Review 2008 (OIA)

In 2008 New Zealand’s Ministry of Economic Development conducted an inquiry to determine the need for parody and satire exceptions to NZ Copyright Law. The Creative Freedom Foundation requested an OIA report on the review, and here’s what we received (PDF, 4.2MB). A public discussion document was ear-marked to be released in December 2008, however a change of government stopped the review due to it not being considered a priority and to date there has been no further activity.

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Details of Infringing File Sharing Regulations Revealed

Minister Simon Power announced today that the regulations covering the Infringing File Sharing law will set notice fees at $25 (the cabinet paper recommended $20 but Cabinet decided on $25 after ISPs suggested $40, CFF suggested $30, and RIANZ suggested $2). The cabinet paper [PDF] has many more details. As we tweeted on Friday the submissions will be released this week.

The law comes into effect on the 1st of September 2011 and the fees will be reviewed by cabinet on 1st March 2012.

We’ll update this story as analysis comes out…

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"Copyright law crashes at last hurdle"

Rick Shera writes, “Until April this year, the Powers that be were doing a good job consulting on the replacement for the infamous three strikes s92A of the Copyright Act – several detailed rounds of consultation and a Bill that, whilst still flawed, did attempt to cure some of the worst excesses. But it all started to go awry in April. First off, seemingly because the Government had invoked urgency to debate Christchurch earthquake emergency legislation but wasn’t ready in the afternoon when urgency commenced, the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill was plucked from the Parliamentary order paper. “Let’s fill up the time with that” they obviously thought. “It’s had a right going over so no-one is going to complain that they’re being caught by surprise – we don’t want a repeat of the s92A SOP debacle now do we”. After 2 years of careful deliberation, the Bill was passed under urgency and we had the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Act 2011 on the books in a few hours. Oh dear. I’m not saying a more considered debate would have made any difference, but the sight of MPs who had no knowledge of the legislation, let alone of the internet they were trying to regulate (Skynet anyone?!), was terribly embarrassing. Not only for the MPs themselves, but for New Zealand, as we were watched by international participants in this worldwide copyright debate.”

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Increased enforcement without legal alternatives is ‘all stick, no carrot’ — what you can do about it

In the MED Infringing File Sharing regulations discussion document (public submissions due at the end of this month) they ask for feedback on the ways of calculating fines. What should the fines be for movies or TV shows that were never available online for purchase; that could never have been a ‘lost sale’?

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Copyright Bill has Second Reading in Parliament

The Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill is due to have its second reading in Parliament today. The item has been due to go through the house for a while now, but has been fairly low on the list. We are surprised to find out that it is being rushed through under urgency, and we’re not alone, MPs who have been involved in the process are surprised as well.

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