The New Zealand’s efforts to implement a new file sharing law heated many debates in recent months in the country. The prospect of the infamous ‘three strikes’ rule being enforced was not received with much enthusiasm.
So, with many issues arising, the government has decided to rethink the whole matter before setting up a new legislation which in the world of copyright laws is pretty much without precedent. This is actually an A plus for the New Zealand authorities who seem two steps ahead of most governments stubbornly stuck in an out-of-date mentality:
The Copyright Act was written in the pre-internet age, and does not address any of the complexities surrounding file sharing, format shifting, and other modern issues such as DVD copying — problems the last government was attempting to fix in a piecemeal fashion.
However, the core of the matter regards the authors of the new law and things considered in the re-writing of it. Let’s just hope it will not be the record industry doing the rewriting or the legislation will spell draconic. The more things and interests (such as the public one for a change) are given consideration into creating it the more likely is that the new law could come closer to a real solution regarding file sharing and copyright issues.