New Zealand’s controversial new copyright law has come into force, with a three-strikes policy that could see persistent filesharers fined up to $15,000 by the country’s Copyright Tribunal. However, the law is still causing arguments among Kiwi politicians, with the opposition Labour party promising this week that if it wins the next election, it will introduce a bill within its first three months in power to repeal the legislation, while reviewing the overall Copyright Act within its first 18 months. Having supported the legislation when proposed by the current government, the Labour party is being accused of a too-late U-turn. Local site Stuff suggests that rightsholders may not be racing to haul people in front of the tribunal in any case: they must pay a $25 fee for every warning notice forwarded by an ISP to a customer, and $200 for bringing cases to tribunal. Source: Stuff
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