After a failed attempt in 2008, New Zealand may finally soon have anti-piracy legislation using the three strikes model. The Copyright Amendment Bill received its first reading in parliament late last week, and passed unanimously. It doesn’t specify outright disconnections, but persistent infringers will have their internet connections suspended for up to six months, while also being liable for fines of up to $15,000. “The three-notice process ensures that file sharers are given adequate warnings that unauthorised sharing of copyright works is illegal, at the same time as providing effective methods for copyright owners to enforce their rights,” says commerce minister Simon Power. Source: TorrentFreak

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