A trend appears to be developing globally for governments to impose stricter anti-piracy laws and another country has just jumped onto the bandwagon, as New Zealand has updated and passed new legislation to ban illegal file-sharing and severely punish repeat offenders by unhooking them from internet service for up to six months but eliminating a proposed $12,000 fine to be paid to the actual copyright owner in hopes of providing more of an incentive to them to file lawsuits against offenders.
A new amendment also was put into play placing on defendants the burden of proof that there was no copyright infringement. The amendment states that:
[I]n proceedings against an account holder relating to infringement notices, the Copyright Tribunal is entitled to presume that the infringements have occurred as recorded in the notices, and that the notices were properly issued, unless or until the account holder gives evidence or reasons indicating otherwise.
So with legal actions like these elsewhere, what’s occurring with U.S. proposals to put more muscle into American anti-piracy laws? Vice President Biden clearly wants the U.S. to join the global trend, expressing in a recent Q & A with Variety his desire to combat the problems cataloged in the intellectual property community but also noting his frustrations with the entertainment industry and its inability to provide a successful public education campaign to build support for anti-piracy measures.
It’s unclear where the U.S. will end up on this issue but clearly, just explaining copyright issues can be a complicated matter, as a new YouTube education campaign for its subscribes shows.