Thursday, May 31, 2012

Copyright enforcement: The fat lady sings

Fat lady sings
In an earlier post I reported on an ultimatum laid down by the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ). The Association had instructed ISPs Telstra Clear and Vodafone respectively to send final copyright notices to customers. Both notices contained allegations of illegal download of music.

The DomPost reports that the deadline for RIANZ to take either case to the Copyright Tribunal has passed. A Justice Ministry spokesman has confirmed that the Copyright Tribunal has received no applications for enforcement action.

So the fat lady has sung. The enforcement notices have expired, as have the detection and warning notices. The alleged infringers now have clean slates.

We can only speculate why RIANZ didn't proceed to the Copyright Tribunal, and what effect this will have on file sharing activity that infringes copyright.

The Ministry of Economic Development (MED) issued a Copyright Fee Review discussion document earlier this year. The closing date for submissions was 30 April 2012. I think the review will provide interesting information about how this scheme is working generally.

Photo courtesy of author Tara R. under Creative Commons licence. 

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