I was wrong: it turns out that New Zealand's anti-circumvention rules are as good as they come
-- the Kiwis slipped one by old Uncle Sam!
Andrew sez, "Released by the NZPA on Wednesday, 09 April 2008, this article mentions the passing into law of the Copyright (New Technologies) Amendment Bill in New Zealand."
It does not change the balance between protection and access to copyright material, but makes sure the balance can continue to operate when new technologies are involved.
It introduces an offence, carrying a sentence of a maximum fine of $150,000 or up to five years imprisonment, or both, for commercial dealings in devices, services or information designed to circumvent technological protection measures.
"Thanks Uncle Sam."
Thanks indeed -- now New Zealand joins the growing list of nations where it's illegal to sell digital lockpicks, even if you only use them to get at files you have the rights to, which have been locked up by greedy (or bankrupt, or uncaring, or sloppy) software and entertainment companies.
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