Lobbyists on both sides have offered only guarded criticism of Simon Power’s reworked version of the controversial anti-pirate clause.
Some say due process isn't enough, and want account termination taken off the table altogether. Copyright holders are lobbying for it to stay. But in constrast to the highly-charged tone of arguments over the original clause, the renewed debate is mostly moderate, and constructive. An emotive stand-off has been defused.
NZFact, representing the major Hollywood studios, has warned the New Zealand government not to follow France, where a court recently struck down a copyright law provision that allowed infringers to have their internet accounts cut off.
Yesterday the lobby group, whose members include Walt Disney Studios, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, Universal Films and Warner Bros., said it supported the French President Nicholas Sarkozy’s decision or reintroduce copyright legislation to the French parliament.