Internet Blackout in New Zealand

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.

Internet Blackout


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.

New Zealand's new Copyright Law presumes 'Guilt Upon Accusation' and will Cut Off Internet Connections without a trial. CreativeFreedom.org.nz is against this unjust law - help us

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.

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  • http://norightturn.blogspot.com/ Idiot/Savant

    We won! Russell Brown on PA System:

    Result!

    Government announces delay in 92A enactment until March 29. If no agreement by then, it will be suspended.

  • Mark Harris

    “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.”

    To be strictly accurate, s92A was not related to ACTA but, it appears, to the possibility of a free trade agreement with the US. ACTA is an issue, and the CFF are pushing forward on that front as well, but we have to wait until we see the text of ACTA before meaningful protest can be made.

    Disclaimer: Not speaking on behalf of the CFF, but am a supporter