Thumbs down to the new Copyright Amendment Bill
16 April, 2011 1 Comment
By now most people in NZ are probably aware that the Government rushed into law the Copyright (Infringing File-Sharing) Amendment Bill on Thursday under urgency on the back of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Bill. Formerly dubbed the guilt-upon-accusation or 3-strike law, this new law includes a revamp of Section 92A that sparked much controversy and backlash in 2009. Instead of providing a run-down here, I’ll throw up a bunch of links worth checking out to see what others have to say. Incidentally, the new bill was supported by both National and Labour and only the Greens, Hone Harawira and Chris Carter opposed it.
The bill itself:
- Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill – via legislation.govt.nz
Comments and reactions:
- Tech Liberty NZ – quick guide to the new copyright bill
- InternetNZ – dented democracy
- Creative Freedom NZ – copyright bill has second reading in parliament
- Pirate Party of NZ – Pirate Party Outraged over Passed Anti-Filesharing Law
- National Business Review – Internet file sharing law passes after loopy debate
And how’s this for the ultimate in hyprocracy – National MP Melissa Lee, who spoke in favour of the bill, has inadvertently ousted herself as a pirate! Check out the offending tweet and subsequent news story from NBR and TorrentFreak.
Finally, I think this cartoon from around the time of S92A in early 2009 sums up the situation nicely,
Oh, and just in case you were concerned, as noted in the cartoon it’s not subject to copyright. It has been released into the public domain.