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New Zealand over-zealous in changes to copyright bill

August 15, 2007

In New Zealand a government committee has amended a proposed copyright bill with some surprises.

  • Copyright owners are to be fined up to $100,000 for recklesly false takedown notices which seems a bit harsh.
  • ISPs are under no obligation to remove infringing content unless they receive notice from a rights holder even if they know or suspect the content to be infringing copyright
  • A new category of work has been created called a “communication work” which gives news rights of authorship to those involved in it’s transmission.

On this last one what are they thinking? How will these new rights dovetail with existing authorial rights?

The Committee recommended the bill be passed so we’ll keep watching.