New Zealand's terrible copyright law suspended, may be dead


12 Responses to “New Zealand's terrible copyright law suspended, may be dead”

  1. studmoose says:

    Here’s a link from Computerworld magazine today:

    New Zealand gets insane copyright law

  2. Seedouble says:

    Thankyou for your support from New Zealand, Stephen Fry & Co.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Yay! It saddens me that the liberal Labour government voted this law in we’re praying that the conservative National government will repeal it. Hopefully New Zealand’s Labour Party wakes up after this and realises what its own constituents want.

  4. mad mick says:

    Stupidity knows no bounds, this will not be the last ridiculous law, whatever the eventual outcome.

  5. Jeff says:

    So Nelson, Perhaps the issue is how much control is required in any system to imbibe it with a secure “feeling”. Perhaps legislators in many countries hear the heads of corporations say that more security is needed because sales are being lost, which translates into loss of tax money. So security is added by pushing on ISPs. Another example of this sort of relationship: look how many people are screaming mad over the lack of specific kinds of regulation and security in the financial sectors. Now the average person feels cheated (loss of market derived income), and they want the thieves to pay. So, maybe the first thing that needs to be acknowledged is that there is going to be a certain level of theft/abuse in any system until the users of that system: A, become more honest, B, become highly scrutinized (watched), C, leave the system.

  6. Clifton says:

    Yay Gnat!

  7. ridl says:

    This is what democracy looks like.

    Respect and admiration to all the people on the ground and in the ether who contributed to this victory. Celebrate!

  8. FLG says:


    That’s a tentative woot, but a proud woot nonetheless. Huge props to the CFF for getting stuff organized, and getting people motivated.

  9. PaulR says:

    Oh, I wouldn’t cheer just yet.

    There’s no force as unstoppable as a politician who’s decided to implement a bad idea.

  10. Jeff says:

    I’ve been thinking a lot about why governments are pressuring ISPs to act as police. I’m not a cultural anthropologist or even a social psychologist, but I think there is evidence to suggest that rapid cultural change combined with economic hardship, may drive people into a protectionist mode whereby police (or policing) is viewed as a good thing. Do we always seek more control in a chaotic world?

  11. LYNDON says:

    The most recent report I heard of the relevant minister said that if there was not agreement on an enforcement code by the end of march it would have to be replaced with ‘something that works’.

    Anyhow, yes, thanks to everyone. The awesomely wide support was a help.

    (As, I imagine, was the keen support of a prominent NZ blogger with the ear of the government)

  12. Nelson.C says:

    Policing is a good thing. But it’s one of those good things that doesn’t get better the more you have of it. Like raspberries.

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