I'm very keen to hear what the Creative Freedom Foundation's take on all this is!
Hi folks :)
Continuing with car analogies (a good way to debate any subject no matter how complex!)
"Drivers are responsible for any fines they incur, whether they are driving their own car or someone else’s. If you receive a ticket for a traffic offence someone else committed while using your car, the Council can redirect the ticket to them if you provide - in writing - the name and address of the driver, and the number on the parking ticket."
They also clarify that they can clamp the car and seize goods under court order, but that in all cases the person who did it is responsible not the owner of the car.
Bronwyn Holloway-Smith of the CFF has commented (in our press release) that, "Earlier this year we came dangerously close to a Guilt Upon Accusation-style law but this new proposal steers well clear of that approach, respecting due process and the principle of being innocent until proven guilty by experts. While there are issues like internet termination and liability for malicious allegations we are optimistic that the government is on the right track to creating a great solution for NZ that supports both public and artistic rights.”
The rest of the press release reads,
The previous law was called “draconian” by Prime Minister John Key before being scrapped in March this year pending a rewrite which has resulted in yesterdays' proposal by Minister Simon Power.
Holloway-Smith further says “the internet is nothing more than the most efficient copying machine the world has ever known, surpassing earlier industrial copying machines which produced wax cylinders, paper piano rolls, vinyl records, and plastic compact discs. Our society has moved forward from regulating an industrial manufacturing process to trying to regulate what people do in the privacy of their own homes on personal computers. The public relations aspect to modern copyright law and maintaining public respect for artistic rights is crucial to encouraging the arts, and this proposal goes a long way toward that.”
“The proposal empowers the Copyright Tribunal to resolve disputes and issue financial penalties, with the harsh punishment of internet termination being reserved for a court process.“
"There are still issues to resolve but we look forward to the Select Committee process."
As you can imagine I agree with Bronwyn. This has reestablished due process and we need to support the necessity for that and get involved in the select committee process to make sure it's not corrupted due to lobbying like last time.