Feb 19, 2009

Section 92a - Guilty by Accusation

As part of the DRM (Digital Rights Management) and Copyright regime's push worldwide for compliance, a law is being proposed to be passed in New Zealand. Section 92a, that amends the country's copyright law is expected to come into force on February 28.

What has drawn near-universal criticism, is the provision that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are to terminate the connection of anyone labelled a 'repeat infringer' of copyright violations. So just 'repeated accusations' are required, without further proof. Certainly a deviation of normal justice. The lack of response of the government to the criticism is drawing increasing ire.

At the Webstock conference, one of the game trading cards is used to highlight this.

Webstock Trading Cards - Stupid Law

At creativenewzealand.org a protest NZ Internet blackout has been called. Hence you see my profile photo blacked out on most of social websites.

New Zealand's new Copyright Law presumes 'Guilt Upon Accusation' and will Cut Off Internet Connections without a trial. Join the black out protest against it!

Another potential side-effect is it adds another reason to the creative IT community in NZ to leave for other shores.

The legislation
News article on parliament protest.
Blog post on Geekzone

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