Day 4 of campaigning against a braindead copyright law in New Zealand saw a protest on the grounds of Parliament (photos). Around 200 people held black placards as the Creative Freedom Foundation gave politician Peter Dunne (leader of one of the ruling coalition parties) a petition to stay the implementation of the "guilt by accusation" Section 92. In accepting the petition, Dunne called Section 92 "a threat to free speech". All the major news outlets covered it, including TVNZ, TV3, and Radio New Zealand.
It's been a hell of an accomplishment to get copyright into the agenda of mainstream media and politicians.
Creative Freedom Foundation now have over 12,000 signed-up artists and supporters. APRA, the Australasian Performing Rights Association and prime source of pro-guilt-on-accusation quotes, has only 6,000 members. Every day has seen a story on copyright on the TV, and we can expect more on Monday with a web-site blackout.
(Image by Brenda)
Timothy writes, “Diego Gómez is a Colombian conservation biologist. When he was a college student, he shared a single research paper online so that others could read and learn from it, just as he did. Diego was criminally prosecuted for copyright infringement, and faced up to 8 years in prison.”
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