New Zealand Tribunal Issues First Graduated Response Decision

Wednesday January 30, 2013
The New Zealand tribunal responsible for copyright graduated response cases has issued its first decision. The tribunal ordered an individual to pay $616.57, which included $6.57 for three songs, $50.00 for notice fees, $200 for the application fee, and a $360 deterrent fee ($120 per song). Most striking is that the New Zealand law forces the tribunal to statutorily presume infringement, despite an absence of evidence and denials by the individual.