UPDATED: New Zealand bends over and offers up a DMCA to America with a shy, desperate smile


10 Responses to “UPDATED: New Zealand bends over and offers up a DMCA to America with a shy, desperate smile”

  1. glugenwog says:

    where does it say anything about anal?

  2. WiredEarp says:

    NZ may not have the legal concept of ‘fair use’ but most kiwis believe it to be a basic right – and would be offended to be told that what they do (format shifting etc) is illegal.

  3. Domster says:

    I don’t understand how the Copyright Amendment Bill has anything to do with America. Americans don’t have a copyright on really stupid laws – even if they did implement them first – and we New Zealanders can’t use them as a scapegoat. I mean, it’s not like we changed our copyright laws at the request of the US, unlike our antipodean neighbours (who did so to get a free trade agreement).

    And quite beside that, this bill isn’t that bad. The safe-harbour part of the bill, providing a copyright infringement notice procedure, isn’t a bad idea, and provides ISPs and sites like Youtube some refuge from litigious content owners. Plus, you know, up until the bill passed any and all format shifting was illegal in New Zealand, even for purposes such as accessibility to people with disabilities or archiving in libraries. And (don’t know if the DMCA has this) there are specific provisions that force the copyright holder to provide a DRM-free copy of the work to libraries, teachers, etc. – and if they refuse, or they’re non-responsive, the use of TPM (read: DRM) circumvention devices and techniques is specifically allowed.

    One other thing to consider: New Zealand has never had a concept of fair use. So, the usual argument used against the DMCA (that the act reduces access to material by disallowing DRM-breaking for fair use) just doesn’t apply.

    Finally, at least we still have short copyright terms. For instance, it’s publishing date plus fifty years for sound recordings and films. Which is certainly something worth celebrating (http://party.dubdot.com/).

  4. zblack_eagle says:

    I’m guessing that it’s perfectly legal to provide software and hardware circumvention tools for free or for a minimal at-cost fee. Maybe we’ll see a New Zealand non-profit org dedicated to circumventing digital restrictions

  5. phlavor says:

    Title was too good. I couldn’t get past the mental image and concentrate on whatever the hell the article was about.

  6. mybaboonheart says:


    Cory, I am deeply disappointed and offended that you would equate anal sex with being weak, coquettish or detestable in some other manner.

    This is not the best bb post title ever, it is the most homophobic though.

  7. markfrei says:

    I always knew America was a top.


  8. boyhowdy says:

    Thinking along the lines of exceptions, a la ZBlack above:

    Is this “designed to” as in “built for the purpose of”, or “designed to” as in “does it on purpose, though not necessarily as its primary function”?

  9. Halloween Jack says:

    Cory, this is the best BB post title ever.

  10. Takuan says:

    definitely up there. Or down there.

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