What is the Copyright (infringing file sharing) Amendment act?

The new law states that it “provide rights owners with a special regime for taking enforcement action against people who infringe copyright through file sharing” It is quite specific because it only applies to infringing material which is uploaded or downloaded via file sharing applications or networks. There are two concepts there – first, the material has to be infringing. …

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What is copyright?

The Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Act 2011 – we’ll call it “the copyright amendments” for short – added new material to New Zealand’s copyright law. Copyright law has existed in New Zealand in some form or another since 1842. Back then, only book authors could have a copyright, or the right to make copies of their books. This right lasted 28 …

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