Big news in New Zealand, where a new copyright reform bill has taken a liberal approach towards anti-circumvention. The bill allows consumers to bypass DRM if their intended use is legitimate – for example time-shifting and format-shifting (the latter includes ripping music from CD to other devices). “The anti-circumvention provisions are arguably the best of any country, since they are compliant with WIPO, limited in scope, and seek to preserve fair dealing rights,” says Canadian law professor Michael Geist. ISPs aren’t entirely happy in New Zealand though, on account of the inclusion of a notice-and-takedown system similar to that in the US’ DMCA.

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