Accused student prevails in first "three strikes" copyright case
After bringing several file-sharing cases to a copyright tribunal following the implementation of a “three strikes” rule, the New Zealand recording industry group RIANZ has dropped the one case that was actively being defended. The group has not given an explanation.
The defendant was the account-holder in a shared apartment who said she had no idea how to use file-sharing software, or even what it was, according to an account posted by Tech Liberty NZ, the group that defended her. Dealing with her case “disrupted her studies and her part-time job,” according to the post. After receiving the notices, she turned off her apartment’s Internet access as well.
RIANZ was asking for NZ$2,669.25 in penalties (about US$2,178). That included NZ$1075.50 for the cost of the music (just five tracks, but RIANZ suggested they had been shared 90 times each), as well as NZ$373.75 to repay legal costs and NZ$1,250 as a “deterrent.”