April 13, 2009 by Susan Corbett
Susan Corbett is a Senior Lecturer in Commercial Law, Victoria University of Wellington
In response to a barrage of criticism, unprecedented in response to a topic as alien to the average kiwi as copyright law, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has announced that section 92A of the Copyright Act 1994 will not come into force in its current form. Popularly, although perhaps somewhat misleadingly, referred to as “the three strike rule”, s 92A as drawn required ISPs to “adopt and reasonably implement a policy that provides for termination, in appropriate circumstances, of a repeat infringer”. It was due to come into force on 27 March 2009 but has now been referred back to the Minister of Commerce for revision.