The Motion Picture Distributors’ Association, which represents the major Hollywood studios in New Zealand, says that there is ”nothing” that can be done to tackle piracy other than site-blocking. Noting the local popularity of The Pirate Bay, MPDA is placing faith in government to pass the necessary legislation. Meanwhile, so-called ”Kodi-boxes” are cited as a rising threat.
The New Zealand government has announced an overhaul of the country’s copyright laws. A review of the Copyright Act 1994 was announced by the previous government and will now go ahead next year. Speaking with TF, Kim Dotcom says that current legislation is mostly good, since it protects both consumers and ISPs. However, he does have some advice for the judiciary.
As Kim Dotcom continues his fight to avoid extradition to the United States, the entrepreneur suffered a setback this morning. Siding with the US government in a ruling published this morning, Justice Brewer at the New Zealand High Court rejected seven out of eight arguments put forward by the entrepreneur for judicial review.
Sky TV is pioneering ‘pirate’ site-blocking in New Zealand after applying for an injunction against several local ISPs. But the move hasn’t been well received, with one group of ISPs reacting with anger to the move. Vocus Group says Sky is acting like a dinosaur, with an Internet censorship effort more suited to North Korea.
New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English is the latest high-ranking official to come under pressure as a result of the Kim Dotcom spying fiasco. English, who was acting Prime Minister in 2012 when much of the spying took place, now stands accused of acting unlawfully when he tried to have the surveillance of Dotcom recognized as a state secret.