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NZFACT Welcomes Release Of Commerce Committee Report On Online Filesharing Bill

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NZFACT Welcomes Release Of Commerce Committee Report On Online Filesharing Bill

NZFACT welcomes the release of the Commerce Committee report into its recommendations on the final shape of the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill. "We thank the Committee members for their work in refining the draft amendment bill," said NZFACT executive director Tony Eaton.

"There are a number of changes that the Committee has recommended - some of which appear to be helpful and others which may detract from its effectiveness - that we are reviewing in further detail. "But the report does confirm the Government's agreement that a legislative solution is an appropriate response to the legitimate concerns of New Zealand's copyright holders and we are gratified to see the process move forward. "If done right, the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill will go a long way towards reducing the level of online copyright infringement, as research has shown that seven in ten people will stop upon receiving the first notice from their ISP.

"Coupled with further investment in education initiatives, the amendment bill will help ensure greater protection for the local industry, which provides 22,000 jobs and is worth $2.5 billion to the New Zealand economy," said Eaton.

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