The controversial moves to introduce a graduated response regime in New Zealand, where persistent file-sharers will have their broadband disconnected, has run into trouble this week. ISPs and content owners must agree unanimously on the policy for it to pass into law, but ISP TelstraClear has put its foot down and refused – apparently due to discontent from its customers. Local media are reporting that this could be the death knell for the scheme, according to Ars Technica, but it seems if the talks break down, the government may simply step in and impose its own solution.

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