Hollywood Asks Kiwi Prime Minister for Better “3 Strikes” Anti-Piracy Deal

Kiwi Prime Minister John Key has had more than his fair share of piracy-related woes in the past year. The Megaupload raids and subsequent fallout sucked him into controversy after controversy, eventually leading the Kiwi premier to apologize to Kim Dotcom for illegal spying carried out by the government. During a year where the raid on the Megaupload founder’s mansion became ever more politicized, critics have accused Key of getting over-friendly with Hollywood. “Prime Minister John Key can have as many dinners with Hollywood executives and copyright lobbyists as he likes,” Dotcom told TorrentFreak in November. “The simple fact is that the NZ government, which has been acting like a subsidiary of the US government, is not above the law.” However, the studios have a bit of a problem, one which they feel the government – and Key in particular – can help them with. In 2011 New Zealand introduced the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Act with the aim of reducing illicit file-sharing by sending out warnings and ultimately punishing copyright infringers. The scheme is being used by RIANZ, the local RIAA equivalent, but Hollywood has boycotted the program claiming that sending notices is prohibitively expensive…

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Hollywood Asks Kiwi Prime Minister for Better “3 Strikes” Anti-Piracy Deal

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Friday, February 8th, 2013 Net News

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