4 Nov 2010

Labour may reconsider support for internet piracy bill

6:15 am on 4 November 2010

The Labour Party says it may reconsider its support for the latest draft of a bill to combat internet piracy.

The bill repeals Section 92A of the Copyright Act which required Internet Service Providers to disconnect the accounts of persistent offenders.

The legisation creates a Copyright Tribunal, and says infringement notices are evidence of copyright infringement for cases brought before the tribunal.

Internet New Zealand chief executive Vikram Kumar says this is a return to the guilt upon accusation provisions of the original bill.

Labour MP Clare Curran, who sat on the Select Committee which considered the bill, says Labour may reconsider its support if it decides the concerns are serious.