The first person to be fined for filesharing music illegally in New Zealand is an unnamed person who shared two songs online by Rihanna and Hot Chelle Rae. The fine is far from those seen in US cases running into hundreds of thousands of dollars, though: in this case, the punishment is NZ$616.57 (around $515). It’s the first time someone has been fined for music-sharing since 2011 legislation that brought in a three-strikes regime in New Zealand. The fine breaks down into $6.57 for the price of the tracks, $50 towards the costs of industry body RIANZ, $200 for the costs of taking the case to the copyright body, and a $360 “deterrent sum”. The defendant accepted the charge for the Rihanna song – “I downloaded the song unaware that in doing so from this site was illegal” – but denied downloading or sharing the Hot Chelle Rae track.

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