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[Ars] The price of copyright crime in New Zealand? Only $617

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Originally Posted by Joe Mullin 
In the US, when illegal downloaders have actually gone to trial, they have faced massive six-figure penalties, like the damages figures against Joel Tenenbaum ($675,000) and Jammie Thomas-Rasset (first $1.92 million, down to $222,000).

Now New Zealand is starting to see results from the copyright tribunals it set up under a controversial 2011 law, which allows for copyright owners such as RIANZ (the New Zealand equivalent of the RIAA) to go after users, but for a maximum of $15,000.

Turns out, it's going to be very tough for them to get even that amount in New Zealand. The first confessed music pirate has been nailed under that law, and she'll have to pay $616.57, or about $512 in US dollars.

The price of copyright crime in New Zealand? Only $617


Hey look, reasonable piracy fees! Now where else in the world do you think this is needed...rolleyes.gif
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So that's why kim dotcom went there rolleyes.gif
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post #3 of 23
makes to much sense ...
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post #4 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by amputate View Post

So that's why kim dotcom went there rolleyes.gif

It's his home country, he didn't "went there". - He's still born German but you get it.
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I think that's fair amt vs the crazy amts we have been reading.
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post #6 of 23
finally...let this catch on. A penalty not too far off from shop lifting. While being different crimes the end results is the same; some one got something for free that they should have paid for. So an equal penalty makes sense to me. Certainly not the crazy amounts we've seen else where.
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in canada it's a max of 5000 total. yay! still crap
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post #8 of 23
What it doesnt say tho is that the law was only passed when the RIAA had payed off a government official to push the law though. They even pressure from US canceling trade agreements if it wasn't passed.
Before then it was only illegal to upload but now you can be done for uploading and downloading, There are 2 ISPs im aware of that constantly monitor for bit torrent traffic and get payed for each report they make.

She was caught from uploading files on the pirate bay, Has a 1 year ban from all the internet providers followed by a 2 year of having to have all internet traffic monitored at her expense.
Its going to be a hard year for her with no internet at all.

Have a few friends on there 2nd strikes from using bit torrent, all thats done is made them pay out for a torrent box over seas.
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post #9 of 23
Doesn't the united States have some ridiculous value put on each stolen song? something like a couple of thousand? At that rate someone can never do that much comparable damage (monetarily ) to an artist or label, even if they did steal a song.
post #10 of 23
I honestly feel if you ever get caught pirating, you should only have to pay for that piece, nothing more ( aside from court fees, etc ).

It shouldn't be about making a point or example of, they've been trying to make a point since the first piece of writing was copyrighted many many years ago and haven't succeed yet.
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