This morning political blogs in New Zealand join thousands of web sites taken down by their owners in an “Internet Blackout” protesting against impending changes in the country’s Copyright Act. On February 28 a new law, clauses S92 A and C, will require internet service providers to cut off internet access and web sites belonging to anyone who has been accused of copyright infringement three times.
The Internet Blackout, run between February 16 and 23, is being organised by Creative Freedom Foundation, founded in 2008 by artists and technologists Bronwyn Holloway-Smith and Matthew Holloway. The protest is a response to the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) related changes in copyright law and the effect these changes are having on creativity, the economy, and public rights. The CFF represent thousands of New Zealand artists including musicians, film makers, visual artists, designers, writers, and performers.
Sites will refer people to the online petition organized by the Creative Freedom Foundation, reading, “I don’t want Guilt Upon Accusation laws that will force the termination of internet connections and websites without evidence, and without a fair trial”.
Included in the Internet Blackout is a wide range of political blogs: Public Address, Scoop, Kiwiblog, The Standard, No Right Turn, Frog Blog, Whale Oil, Not PC, No Minister, Just Left, The Hand Mirror, Roar Prawn, Policy Net, Kiwi Politico.
See Justine Koenders‘ rundown on the development of social media behind the scenes, including reference to Stephen Fry’s Twitter support, the Facebook page, the Kangaroo Court animation, and political cartoons by Dylan Horrocks, Mike Moreu, and Rod Emmerson.