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The controversial Section 92a law in New Zealand has been postponed for a month pending an agreement between copyright holders and ISPs about how the law will be implemented. Prime Minister John Key, in discussing the postponement, acknowledged the ongoing debates and protests regarding the law and have said that he felt both sides had a good point.
The law is now currently slated to take effect March 27 and that, if an agreement could not be reached, that the section would be suspended.
Bård Vegar Solhjell, Minister of Education and Research in Norway, has come out in favor of file sharing saying that “You and I can get access to all the world’s music when we want. Fantastic!” This follows a major push by the IFPI in Norway, which has seen it threaten an ISP with lawsuit unless it blocks access to The Pirate Bay.
According to Solhjell, rather than pursuing file sharing, record labels should instead try to find solutions that work for both consumers and has named Spotify as such a solution.
Finally today, users of Last.FM can breathe a little bit easier as Last.FM has made it clear that they have not turned over user records to the RIAA. It had been originally reported on TechCrunch that the service, which tracks and compiles user listening statistics, had forfeited much of its account data as part of an investigation into the leak of the new U2 album. However, a response from Last.FM made it clear that it was not the case.
Though Last.FM does share some broad usage statistics with the record labels, according to the company, they do not and have not personally identified any user.
That’s it for the three count today, we’ll be back tomorrow with three more copyright links. If you have a link that you want to suggest a link for the column or have any proposals to make it better. Feel free to leave a comment or send me an email. I hope to hear from you.
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