Thumbs down to the new Copyright Amendment Bill

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:

Comments and reactions:

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.

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About Chris
A self confessed geek, meteorologist (aka weather forecaster), father & proud kiwi mainlander living, working & playing in Wellington, New Zealand.

One Response to Thumbs down to the new Copyright Amendment Bill

  1. Marshall says:

    All this in a so called democracy. It’s nothing more than a dictatorship dressed up as democracy.
    As I once heard somewhere that for the life of me I cannot remember but I believe it may have been Micheal Moore’s movie “Capitalism” “Capitalism trumps democracy”.

    Quote stolen to make my point. Bla bla bla! I am sure to help his fight for human rights Micheal wouldn’t mind.

    I personally believe that there will be re-percussions of this that the powers that be will not appreciate, but will fully deserve.

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