An end to Illegal Downloads Finally?
With the hopeful introduction of a new law that will aim to stop illegal downloads by September, Andrew Laxon of Nzherald.co.nz reported in a recent article who might be a potential victim to the trap and who will be the lucky ones to still get away with it. Bernie, who is not willing to disclose his real name downloads illegal copies of TV shows, music albums and almost 2 - 3 movies every week from the popular file sharing website Piratebay.
Piratebay is a hot favorite when it comes to downloading movies, music, games, TV shows and a whole lot of stuff illegally. Millions of people across the globe use this site to download their favorite stuff on a daily basis which otherwise they would have to pay for it. Bernie also likes to obtain free copies of popular software's like Photoshop and Final Cut Pro which are worth hundreds of dollars when downloaded legally. He is among the 31 percent of 15 - 30 year old population in New Zealand that regularly watch movies without paying a penny.
At an estimate, New Zealanders illegally download almost 10000 songs, TV programs and movies on a daily basis thus making the entertainment industry undergo huge losses and the government this year have come up with a new law that aims to tackle down this ever growing piracy on the internet. September onward`s, if your download any copyrighted stuff from the net, you could well be receiving a notice asking you to stop. In-spite of receiving a notice, if you still continue, you will get a second warning notice of illegal action. If you still ignore a third notice, that's it, you are then imposed a fine of $15000 or better provide any evidence if you are innocent.
A change brought about by U.S. based film studios will mostly target people that are downloading new movies or a recently released TV series. This law which is a month away at the moment from coming into action has already become a debatable law and has many critics arguing about its authenticity in finding out about the real offenders. ISP`s will have to work very hard in order to tackle this issue, especially with people who hide their true identity on the internet.
Bernie mentioned that he would make use of a proxy server in order to hide his IP address behind a U.S. based address and bring a slight change in his downloading habits. He said, "Definitely (I would) with the bigger things like software because you know they're going to come after you because of the sheer value of it. But most of the music I download is not produced by the big labels so I wouldn't be as scared when it came to that."Continued on the next page