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NZFACT backdown welcome – InternetNZ

Media Release – 16 June 2009 - InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc) has today asserted that NZFACT is sowing confusion regarding recent moves by the French Government to respond to an adverse judicial ruling on copyright issues.

The French Government, responding to the decision by the Constitutional Council to strike out termination of Internet accounts as a possible remedy in copyright law, has said that it will continue to implement the notices regime set out in the law.

“The upshot of the Council’s decision is that termination is off the table in France,” says InternetNZ Executive Director Keith Davidson.

“NZFACT’s comment today that they welcome the French Government’s approach is either an attempt to find support for their approach to termination where none exists, or alternatively can be seen as a backdown on their previous strong support for termination,” says Davidson.

“Termination is a disproportionate and wrong remedy that won’t deal with problems of infringement by Internet users. NZFACT and other rights holder organisations need to accept that France is no longer proceeding on that path.

“Neither should New Zealand,” says Davidson.

“We continue to advocate for a notice-and-notice system that deals with the problem effectively, and will be releasing further detail around this in the next couple of weeks,” concludes Davidson.

For further information contact:

Keith Davidson
Executive Director
+64 4 495 2112
+64 21 377 587

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