After a false start with the infamous s92A, the regime to discourage copyright infringement over peer-to-peer networks has finally been implemented in the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Act 2011 and associated regulations.
The jury is out as to how effective the law will be; we have, however, already found that it is prompting useful discussions within client businesses about how staff and contractors use the business internet connection (since the business is typically liable for whatever they do with it). Combine this with the explosive growth in the use of smartphones in the workplace and we are finding many businesses using the s92A situation as an opportunity to discuss just what the parameters are.
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We'll keep you informed on discussion around copyright infringement issues.