Labour welcomes Government backdown
Judith Tizard said the announcement from Enterprise and Commerce Minister Max Bradford today that the tougher measures would be introduced was a copy of details in Labour's Creative Industries paper released last year.
"I am delighted that the Government appears to have taken on Labour's concerns in this area even if it is nine years too late," Judith Tizard said.
"NZ creative industries have been saying for several years now that the Government needs to protect our intellectual property and the use of it.
"Yet, rather than listen to them, the Government moved to make it easier to rip New Zealanders off in the Budget last year through the relaxation of restrictions on parallel importing. At the time they completely rejected the notion that this would cause serious damage to publishing, music and other creative industries.
"While I am pleased that Mr Bradford has
finally worked out that ripping off New Zealanders'
intellectual property is both 'serious and criminal' but
there is still more to be done to encourage this important
area of high industry. They should also look at the rest of
our creative industries selections and introduce exemptions
on parallel importing, local content quotas, and real
penalties on pirating," Judith Tizard