NZ pushed to create copyright laws by US government

A few short weeks ago Neowin reported that the New Zealand government was attempting to sneak through new anti-piracy laws on the back of the Christchurch disaster which occurred in February. The government pushed the bill through overnight and the law was passed, coming into effect on September 1, 2011. 

Under the law -- dubbed "Section 92A" -- copyright holders can complain directly to ISP's about users "sharing files" and users would be punished accordingly. For the first few offenses, the user would receive a written warning to destroy the data, and explaining what would happen if they were caught again. After repeat offenses, a user will be blocked from any internet access for 6 months via a nationwide blacklist. If the user continues to break the law, a fine of up to $15,000 can be enforced.

The US wanted a piece of the action for this new law, and offered to help draft the controversial three-strikes legislation which was finally passed last month. The US approved of the law that was finally passed saying:

"This particular section of the copyright law deals with provisions to terminate repeat copyright infringers who use the internet to illegally download copyrighted material. The GNZ plan looks to be well thought out and with the assistance of a panel comprised of five of NZ's leading intellectual property experts, the redrafted provision looks positioned to avoid the earlier pitfalls and criticism of poor draftsmanship," 

Wikileaks cables also released yesterday reveal that the US government offered to pay more than $500,000 to fund a "recording industry-backed IP enforcement initiative" when New Zealand was re-drafting its aging copyright laws. The US government also offered to draft the new copyright laws for New Zealand, TVNZ reports.

Apparently, in February 2008, Judith Tizard (Minister of Consumer Affairs) and Phil Goff (Minister of Trade) were handed a list of "shortfalls" of the new law by the US government, and were asked to submit these as the legislation was being drafted. These new copyright laws were passed in April 2008.

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ArmedMonkey said,
This is why I have been boycotting RIAA for the past decade.

Yes, because there's an online RIAA shop where you can buy stuff, that's what you're boycotting, right?

The only thing I see in that cable is notification of the law...which I imagine is required due to international treaties between the US and NZ. Where does any of this show the backing of the US gov't to push it through?

schubb2003 said,
The only thing I see in that cable is notification of the law...which I imagine is required due to international treaties between the US and NZ. Where does any of this show the backing of the US gov't to push it through?

Re-read the article again. Especially the parts about the backing of the US gov't to push it through.

Max Norris said,

Re-read the article again. Especially the parts about the backing of the US gov't to push it through.

Yes, I can read, but there is no proof or indication of this being true...do you just take everything you read as fact?

Why don't you read my post where I am asking for something that shows a shred of evidence that what is written is the case?

schubb2003 said,
Yes, I can read, but there is no proof or indication of this being true...do you just take everything you read as fact?

No, if I were that curious I'd, you know, check the sources linked in the article, including the leaked materials via Wikileaks. If you're going to question if that's fact or not, then join in the other tin-foil hat threads on the forums, I'll pass thanks.

Max Norris said,

No, if I were that curious I'd, you know, check the sources linked in the article, including the leaked materials via Wikileaks. If you're going to question if that's fact or not, then join in the other tin-foil hat threads on the forums, I'll pass thanks.

Jesus Christ! Do any of you read before you post, I specifically cited the WikiLeaks cable...There is nothing in there about $500,000 or the US gov't pushing for this law. So you know what, yeah, why don't you read the sources?

schubb2003 said,
Jesus Christ! Blah blah

The cable linked above was about drafting the legislation itself. Jesus Christ, do you Google? Or better yet, go dig the f'ing thing up in Wikileaks yourself. Here's a hint, April 2005. Not going to do your bloody homework for you.

Max Norris said,

The cable linked above was about drafting the legislation itself. Jesus Christ, do you Google? Or better yet, go dig the f'ing thing up in Wikileaks yourself. Here's a hint, April 2005. Not going to do your bloody homework for you.

Assuming you mean this one : 05WELLINGTON334 Oh yeah, not one damned thing about the US bank rolling it.
The only thing even remotely US related is this header: "1) Targeted to U.S. priorities." and the fact that is talks in US dollars. There is nothing in that cable about the US pushing this.

In fact it states the backers are:
"The unit is working on behalf of the composers, performers and producers represented by the Australasian Performing Right Association, AMCOS, RIANZ, Independent Music New
Zealand, the New Zealand Music Industry Commission and the Fiji Performing Right Association."

I have read the cables, I simply don't see the US pushing this because there is nothing to show it.

Seizure1990 said,
You heard it at Neowin, trying to stop Piracy is WRONG

It is when they can stomp all over people's rights and act as judge, jury and executioner with zero oversight whatsoever.

usa is really getting on my nerves these days. Always have to stick thier nose in other peoples business. Just get lost and go sort out your own country.

Soldiers33 said,
usa is really getting on my nerves these days. Always have to stick thier nose in other peoples business. Just get lost and go sort out your own country.

So people "stealing" the intellectual property of US based entities is not our business?

Soldiers33 said,
usa is really getting on my nerves these days. Always have to stick thier nose in other peoples business. Just get lost and go sort out your own country.

Quoting this because it's exactly how I feel too.

Soldiers33 said,
usa is really getting on my nerves these days. Always have to stick thier nose in other peoples business. Just get lost and go sort out your own country.

*bing*, yet another one who didn't read the article fully.

LiquidSolstice said,

*bing*, yet another one who didn't read the article fully.


wether its about copyright or not, the fact is they have no right to tell another country what to do. and i was talking in general not just this article.

This is a load of crap. Why isn't the recording industry paying for this? If your copyright or trademarks are violated, it's up to you to pursue it, but this appears to be paid for by the NZ government and ISPs?

Too bad, because everyone will start using encryption, making it even harder to locate the real pirates.

As usual do as i say, not as i do.

I've not heard of a 3 strikes and your disconnected law in the US, I may be wrong but i can't recall one.

virtorio said,
Damn, so my countries government is the US governments bitch.

Welcome to the club; join everyone else in the waiting area and we'll be with you shortly!

so let me get this straight, was NZ pushed to create "copyright laws by US government" or did the US government push NZ to create copyright laws of its own? [see the difference?]

Owen, I'm no english professor, but the title is incorrect. If you must keep the same words, might I suggest you reword as "NZ pushed by US government to create copyright laws"?

Info like this being released would make this law unconstitutional right?!? This is clearly a case of bribery.
I REALLY hope people in NZ will react aggressively to this news!

djesteban said,
Info like this being released would make this law unconstitutional right?!? This is clearly a case of bribery.
I REALLY hope people in NZ will react aggressively to this news!

i really hope we get this on the main 6pm news channels!!!

djesteban said,
Info like this being released would make this law unconstitutional right?!? This is clearly a case of bribery.
I REALLY hope people in NZ will react aggressively to this news!

NO we wont most will just roll over and play dead and because of that there wont be enough voices to get it overturned we like to p!ss and moan but end up doing very little about anything

well I guess we can take neowin offline in NZ if this passes by complaining to any ISP saying they are infringing, just like the facebook incident.....

neufuse said,
well I guess we can take neowin offline in NZ if this passes by complaining to any ISP saying they are infringing, just like the facebook incident.....
Hahaha

Wow. So, the US is pressuring other countries to enact unpopular legislation, but isn't pushing this sort of legislation in our own country? Not that I agree with this whatsoever, but if you don't have the balls to try to do that here, what business do our legislators have to try to do that abroad? It's really disgusting if you ask me...

so wait, wtf "the US approved of the law?" wtf is this, we run everyone else's government now?

vip said,
so wait, wtf "the US approved of the law?" wtf is this, we run everyone else's government now?

Those are only the words of the writer.

I think that's a bad idea. What happens for fake complaints?

There needs to be a better process IMO.