"Internet protests have started in New Zealand after its government passed a controversial "three strikes" filesharing bill under urgency."

ZD Net reports on the new bill that has citizens in an uproar:

The Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Bill gives media companies the right to accuse people of infringing copyright, with offenders to be fined up to NZ$15,000 (US$11,904) by a new Copyright Tribunal.

The “three strikes” bill replaces the abandoned Section 92a of the Copyright Act, devised by the former Labour government.

Campaigns, including an Internet blackout protest from people angry that the early legislation would have allowed Internet users to be cut-off, led the current government to work out a compromise.

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