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Internet piracy rates in New Zealand have halved since the introduction of the controversial "three strikes" rule, a record industry group has said.
However, Rianz reported a significant drop in piracy levels - its data suggesting the incidences of top-200 movies being viewed illegally went from 110,000 in August to 50,000 in the following month, when the rule came into force.
But it added that the number immediately "plateaued", and noted that four out of every 10 internet users in the country still accessed pirated material.
Cutting off internet access is a very severe penalty and very out of proportion as it is.
I would rather see the record industry go bust than see this.
they have failed to embrace the new technology and monetise file sharing.
Losing internet access is severe.
In all business you loose money to fraud and thieves. Tough luck.