Significant change to Copyright Law

From Thursday 11 August a change in law is happening in New Zealand which applies to all internet users.

In April 2011 the New Zealand Government passed the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Act 2011. This act amends the Copyright Act 1994 to provide owners (Rights holders) of copyrighted works such as movies, TV shows and music with a quicker and easier way to penalise people infringing their copyright (from illegal downloading).
Under this legislation, from the 11th of August 2011 rights holders can begin to monitor for Internet access which breaches their copyright, and to begin sending infringement notices for breaches of copyright from the 1st of September 2011.

Important information

Successful infringement allegation can see Massey being fined up to $15,000.00 per infringement. Please be advised that the university will pass on any costs and fines to those offending, as well as undertake other disciplinary proceedings associated with this illegal behaviour.
All users of Massey's information services are responsible for their own account and activities conducted under their account.
Relevant Massey IT policies can be viewed here:

Some guidelines to understanding the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Act 2011 can be found at the links below:


10 August, 2011 



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