Welcome to thecopyrightlaw.org.nz. This site exists to give you a balanced view of the new legislation that aims to combat infringing file sharing on the Internet. We explain "what the new law is all about", we outline "your rights and responsibilities" and we provide a bit of background about what copyright is and what the law is trying to achieve. When you ask questions, we'll provide answers in the FAQ section.

This law could affect anyone who has an account with an ISP in New Zealand. Take the time to find out more and make sure you are aware of your rights and responsibilities.

Contacts

If you want to query a notice you’ve received, your first point of contact should be your ISP. If it all seems like something from another planet, then you can try ringing Netsafe first on 0508 NETSAFE (6387233) or send an email to help@thecopyrightlaw.org.nz, and they can advise you on what your options are. Be aware that you might receive …

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Further Information

You can find out more about NetSafe at www.netsafe.org.nz and about InternetNZ at www.internetnz.net.nz. The Copyright legislation is online at the Legislation website: Copyright Act 1994 at:  http://legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1994/0143/latest/DLM345634.html Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Act (which details this regime) at: http://legislation.govt.nz/act/public/2011/0011/latest/DLM2764312.html The regulations are at;  http://www.med.govt.nz/templates/MultipageDocumentTOC____46116.aspx The Government’s information website is located at:  http://www.med.govt.nz/templates/Page____46862.aspx You can find out more about this law, …

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Untangle the Jargon

When we talk about file sharing, there is often a lot of technical terms thrown around. Don’t let them put you off understanding what is involved in the law change. Here are some of the terms and their meanings. File sharing A method of sharing digital information such as music and video over the internet. Wi-fi A computer networking technology …

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