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Copyright act will target P2P sharing, not streaming

New copyright laws will target file-sharing through P2P and not streaming sites like YouTube, the government has clarified.

New copyright laws will target file-sharing through P2P and not streaming sites like YouTube, the  government has clarified.

The Ministry of Economic Development (MED) confirmed the scope of the new Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Act coming into force on September 1 after InternetNZ sought further guidance on the new legislation.

"What this means is that watching videos on YouTube or via blinkx, streaming music from Grooveshark, and downloading from online file lockers like MediaFire and 4shared will not be subject to the changes introduced by the amendments to the law," says InternetNZ chief executive Vikram Kumar.

"However, despite the intentions behind the law, the definitive interpretation will come from decisions made by the Copyright Tribunal and Courts if this aspect of the law is ever tested."

He says streaming typically provide copyright owners with a more direct means of enforcing their IP, generally by issuing a notice of infringement to the website displaying the copyrighted content.

Commerce Minister has set the fee for processing infringement notices at $25.

Under the act, copyright owners will send evidence of infringements to ISPs, who are responsible for sending up to three infringement notices (a detection notice, warning notice and enforcement notice) to the internet account holder. The claim can then be taken to the Copyright Tribunal, with offenders facing charges of up to $15,000.