"As the music and movie industries tour the world lobbying for
changes in the law in an attempt to slow down online piracy, New
Zealand's legislation moves a step closer to becoming law. The
Copyright (Infringement File Sharing) Amendment Bill, which allows
for large fines and six month Internet suspensions, has just
received its first reading in Parliament, to unanimous support.
"Back in 2008 the New Zealand Government proposed the
introduction of new law to combat illicit file-sharing. Section 92A
was immediately the subject of protest from several corners which
led the Government to go back to the drawing board.
"Commerce Minister Simon Power later introduced The Copyright
(Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill which replaced the earlier
proposals with a modified regime to deal with illegal file
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