'This is about defending the value of content rights' - TVNZ joins other media in court action

TVNZ, TV3's Mediaworks, SKY and Spark-owned Lightbox look likely to go ahead with legal action against Internet Service Provider (ISP) CallPlus and By Pass Network Services - the company providing Global Mode technology which allows customers to access overseas television shows that would otherwise be blocked to New Zealand viewers.

TVNZ CEO Kevin Kenrick Source: 1 NEWS

TVNZ and its three co-complainants claim CallPlus and By Pass Network Services are breaching copyright by providing Global Mode, and recently issued warnings to a number of ISPs to stop providing the service.

All except CallPlus and By Pass Network Services have indicated they will stop.

TVNZ chief executive, Kevin Kenrick, says "our position has not changed and unless they remove the unlawful service we will begin court action in the next few days," he says.

"Each of our businesses invests significant sums of money into the rights to screen content sourced legitimately from the creators and owners of that copyrighted material.

"This is being undermined by the companies who profit from promoting illegitimate ways to access that content.

"This is not about taking action against individual consumers or restricting choice, indeed each of our businesses are investing heavily in more choice so New Zealanders can have legitimate access to the latest TV shows and movies.

"This is about defending the value of content rights in the digital world, in order to invest with more certainty in the future," the TVNZ boss says.

Call Plus and Bypass Network Services were yet to offer a response to regarding the latest threat of legal action.