Illegal File Sharing is a Bad Idea

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In 2011, the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Act came into effect. This law is by no means unique, with many countries having implemented similar rules.

This law allows owners of copyrighted material to enforce their rights against people in New Zealand who use file sharing applications to illegally download copyrighted material. You need to understand the law and what it means to you.

We take copyright and other intellectual property rights very seriously. We would like to see more and more people use legitimate services over pirated, unpaid, illegal services. And with more and more content being streamed online through paid-for online streaming services, we believe that things are looking up. Affordable streaming deters piracy. We believe that people are mostly honest – they just want a great experience at a reasonable price.

The Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Act applies to downloading and uploading of copyrighted works illegally and peer-to-peer file sharing. If you share copyright works illegally, the rights owner may take legal action against you, and you may be made to pay damages.

Although we do not proactively monitor what you download using your MyRepublic Internet connection, it’s important that you are aware that rights owners can record the Internet Protocol (IP) address of those who have downloaded their content.

As an Internet Service Provider, we will be required to send notifications to our account holders, if a rights owner informs us that there has been an alleged infringement of copyright. Account holders will be responsible for any copyright infringement via their internet account, regardless of who actually downloaded the material.

Online content business models vary, and are in flux. As a rule of thumb, if it’s commercially produced content (and it’s not advertising), and you’re not paying for it, then downloading or sharing it is likely prohibited.

If you’d like more information on the Act, visit

If you’d like general information about copyright information, you can contact

If you have any questions or comments on the law, feel free to reach out to the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment at

If you have any specific questions relating to the notification process at MyRepublic, feel free to e-mail us at [email protected]

If you are a rights owner, and you’d like to submit a copyright infringement notice, email us at [email protected] for details on our process. We apply our process robustly, in line with the law and industry practice.