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NZ companies respond to copyright breaches



02nd April 2015

NZ companies respond to copyright breaches

In response to what they believe is a breach of copyright Lightbox, MediaWorks, SKY and TVNZ are taking action against internet and technology companies who sell and promote services that enable access to international geo-blocked TV and movie services.

Acting together the four New Zealand competitors have sent Slingshot, Orcon, Bypass Network Services and other ISPs requests to cease operation of Global Mode and other similar services in New Zealand. 

In a joint statement, Lightbox, MediaWorks, SKY and TVNZ say they believe companies who set out to profit by marketing and providing access to content they haven't paid for are operating outside the law and in breach of copyright.

"We pay considerable amounts of money for content rights, particularly exclusive content rights. These rights are being knowingly and illegally impinged which is a significant issue that may ultimately need to be resolved in court in order to provide future clarity for all parties involved."

"This is not about taking action against consumers, this is a business to business issue and is about creating a fair playing field."


Notes to Editors:
" Lightbox, Mediaworks, Sky and TVNZ invest significant sums of money into the rights to screen content sourced legitimately from the creators and owners of that copyrighted material.
" These businesses are investing heavily in new forms of delivery so customers can have legitimate access to the latest TV shows and movies using the device they prefer.
" These are New Zealand businesses who collectively employ thousands of New Zealanders, support local businesses who produce local content, pay tax and follow local laws.
" The legal advice provided to Lightbox, Mediaworks, Sky and TVNZ is that Slingshot, Bypass Network Services and other ISPs who have set up unlawful systems to access copyrighted content are operating outside the law.

For further Information please contact:

Conor Roberts, Spark Head of Public Affairs on 021 124 6004

Rachel Lorimer, Mediaworks Group Head of Corporate Communications on 021 436 503

Kirsty Way, SKY Director of Communication on 021 422 794

Lenska Papich, TVNZ Communications Manager on 021 410 496