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Tomizone Not Affected By New Copyright Law

Tomizone Not Affected By New Copyright Law

Auckland, 17 February 2009 – Tomizone, the largest Wi-Fi hotspot provider in Australasia today commented that its operations are not directly exposed to the “Internet Service Provider Liability” should the Section 92 amendment of the Copyright Act 1994 become law, as Tomizone is a downstream ISP and not directly supplying ISP services.

Steve Simms, CEO of Tomizone says that if the amendment is enacted it will be difficult and costly to regulate. Furthermore, Simms adds that users who deliberately breach copyright will continually find ways to maintain their activities without detection.

“Although we have the ability to terminate user accounts if required by the law, Tomizone simply facilitates the sharing of Internet as a resource and does not “store” any copyrighted material,” says Simms.

“The cost of compliance will be huge in these recessionary times and will create yet another overhead on the larger majority of businesses and people who are not responsible for any breaches. Tomizone does not agree with the need for this amendment or with the resourcing costs required to meet compliance requirements.

“Tomizone offer user identity and Internet tracking where required by law in India under their cyber law compliance, aimed at curbing terrorist communications, but we wouldn’t want to see that here in New Zealand.”

Tomizone also support the New Zealand Telecommunications Carrier Forum draft ISP Copyright Code of Practice, given the Section 92 amendment is not repealed.

ENDS

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