I see a few problems with this new copyright act myself, but much of them are already being discussed.
There are a few others though:
1. What is to stop ANYONE sending FALSE "cease and desists" emails to the ISP?
Maybe it's a disgruntled employee, or maybe it's some hacker on a power trip. An ex lover, ex friend, anyone. It's far too easy to get revenge with this new, stupid, Act.
Further to that, how is the ISP to verify if such an email actually has merit? These 'honeypot' companies have a very bad reputation for getting things WRONG - as does the entire entertainment industry. They have sued grandmothers, infants, even people who are DEAD. Also, often when they ARE challenged in Court, the media organisations are often found to have NO CASE.
2. The Act seems to put the responsibility on the ISP. What if they get it wrong?
What if one of the above error-prone media watchdogs sends out a 'cease and desist' and is then proven wrong? What if the customer suffered losses to his business because of the suspension and sue's the ISP for breach of contract etc? It'll be the ISP holding the bag for the RIAA. It's all rather TOO far in favor of the Media organisations. They have ZERO accountibility, Negliable costs. They effectivly get to decide who the ISP may have as customers.
3. What about hi-jacking?
Oh, it's fine to dump the responsibility for a hi-jacked computer on the owner, but this ignores the problem and only teaches the majority of the public that they are best to NOT use the internet. Won't this stunt growth in New Zealand?
It is my opinion that this is a very bad Act, and the politicians should have known that. But the ISP's should have presented them a unified front years ago and put the interests of them and their customers forward instead of fighting like children.
Is it too late for them to do so?
I would like to know what ISP's in general and WxC in particular have to say on these points.