New Zealand Outlaws Illegal File Sharing Online
The new law allows for penalties of up to NZ$15,000 to be paid back to the copyright owner, and if this isn't good enough, the criminals can have their Internet access yanked for up to half a year. Commerce Minister Simon Power said the following: "Online copyright infringement has been damaging for the creative industry, which has experienced significant declines in revenue as file sharing has become more prevalent. This legislation will discourage illegal file sharing and provide more effective measures to help our creative industries enforce their copyright."
It's a pretty bold law, and it could trigger a series of similar laws in various nations around the world eager to put a stop to these kinds of activities. The new law will go into play on September 1st, but it won't apply to mobile networks for whatever reason until October of 2013. You've been warned!