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TCF Welcomes Progress On Copyright

Telecommunications Carriers’ Forum
Auckland, 23 February 2009
TCF Welcomes Progress On Copyright

The Telecommunications Carriers’ Forum (TCF) welcomes the government’s decision to postpone the introduction of s92A of the Copyright Act until the end of March.

“Internet service providers have been working tirelessly to develop a Code of Practice to cover s92A, but despite their best efforts some important detail remains to be resolved,” TCF CEO Ralph Chivers said. “Given that s92A has caused considerable public concern, it is important to have complete clarity on how this section of the Act is likely to be implemented. The additional time provides the opportunity to seek that clarity, and ensure that affected parties are fully prepared.”

“Recent discussions between the TCF and copyright holders about the content and operation of the Code have been constructive, and it seems likely that we will be able to reach an agreement on all outstanding matters in the near future,” Mr Chivers said.

“Importantly, we have agreed in principle that when a dispute arises over whether a copyright infringement has occurred, an independent third-party will be called upon to adjudicate. Our agreement on this matter should allay many of the concerns expressed by members of the public, and paves the way for other issues to be quickly resolved.”

The TCF is currently consulting on its draft Code, and welcomes further submissions. “It is critical that we hear from all parties who are affected by, or have an interest in, this important matter,” Mr Chivers said.

ENDS

A copy of the TCF’s draft ISP Copyright Code can be obtained from www.tcf.org.nz/copyright.

Submissions on the draft Code should be sent to submissions@tcf.org.nz, or by post to:

Telecommunications Carriers’ Forum
PO Box 302 469
North Harbour
Auckland

Submission should be received by the TCF by no later than 5pm, Friday 6 March 2009.

ENDS

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