17 Dec 2009

APRA says piracy proposals may not go far enough

2:05 pm on 17 December 2009

The group that represents songwriters says new proposals by the Government against internet piracy may not go far enough.

The Australasian Performing Right Association says the proposals send a strong message that illegal file sharing cannot be tolerated.

The proposed law would give suspected pirates up to three warnings from their internet service providers (ISPs). Internet accounts could be suspended for up to six months in serious cases.

But APRA New Zealand director Anthony Healey believes not all right-holders will feel the proposals go far enough. He says people need to understand the impact of illegal file sharing and be provided with legal alternatives.