Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Soldier labelled copyright pirate

NZ soldier is off dealing with the Taliban, comes home, and gets labelled a pirate. Better work story?

From "A member of the armed forces has been pinged $255.97 by the Copyright Tribunal after his internet account was used by flatmates to illegally download and share Rihanna and Hot Chelle Rae tracks while he was on tour in Afghanistan.

The award is the fifth and smallest so far handed down under the three-strikes "Skynet" regime which was introduced in 2011 to provide "fast track" justice for rights holders trying to prevent music and movies being pirated through file-sharing services such as BitTorrent...

...The fifth culprit wrote to the tribunal in November after he received his third and final "enforcement notice", saying he had just returned from Afghanistan and was not aware of the infringing.

He said it had been impossible to find out which of eight flatmates had downloaded the music as they were then "deployed around New Zealand". However, he said he took full responsibility.

Rianz decided not to ask the tribunal to impose a deterrent, but still requested an award to reimburse it for the fees it had incurred issuing the three strikes and the $200 cost of bringing a case to the tribunal, plus direct compensation of $5.97 for the downloaded music."

The tribunal's finding records that the soldier said "I am currently going through transitioning from military life in Afghanistan to life back home and I'm not fit to tackle the allegations against me."

ADDED: The Copyright tribunal's decision (pdf) raw data

PREVIOUS POSTS: 3rd copyright ruling out (Feb 21 2013) / Illegal downloader fined (Jan 30 2013)

ADDED: A recent IFI report  "...records a 16 percent drop in use of peer-to-peer services in New Zealand following the introduction of a notice system and fine sanctions in the Copyright (File Sharing) Amendment Act." Source: Computerworld

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