Another Three-Strikes Case Dropped

The New Zealand recording industry’s stance against illegal file-sharers has suffered teething problems.

A second case brought before the Copyright Tribunal by the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ) was dropped at the last minute. It was discovered that the woman, accused of downloading 11 times between December 2011 and July 2012, had not been given three warnings. Her Internet service provider sent them to the wrong email address.

In October, another case, for which RIANZ wanted $2,669 for alleged sharing of five songs, was dropped for the same reason.

In the first six months of the three-strikes rule, which came into effect last year, 2,766 notices were sent out and 18 people referred to the Tribunal.