New Zealand's stupid copyright law dies


16 Responses to “New Zealand's stupid copyright law dies”

  1. Geof says:

    From Canada, I want to thank the kiwis who fought this. We are all better off because of your precedent in NZ.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Now, if only the Australian government would give up on their internet filtering proposals…

  3. apoxia says:

    Although I hate the current NZ government, I’m glad they voted this one down.

  4. sargasso says:

    Don’t celebrate just yet, they are re-drafting it. The copyright act amendment 92A has been sent back to committee for review, so this may not be the last that we see of it.

  5. Kieran O'Neill says:

    As anonymous (#2) pointed out, meanwhile, in Ireland, the record industry has sent out blanket legal threats to all ISPs, demanding they implement the three-strike rule, or face legal action. Thankfully, the ISPs are pushing back.

  6. LYNDON says:

    It’s been sent back to the *Minister* for review. I’ve seen nothing to suggest the penalty won’t be retained – but we might expect some kind of clarity and explicit due process.

    And there’s still section 92c – notice and takedown, with no mention of counter-notices.

    [And, constitutionally, it might be a little concerning they've just declared it won't come into force rather than repealing it which they could easily do this week if they wanted]

  7. Anonymous says:

    @Kieran ; it’s a bit of a moot point tbh, Eircom (the ISP in question) has an effective monopoly on internet service in Ireland. Being an Australian owned company with a horrifically poor service record they obviously see no incentive in fighting for our rights.

    The other DSL ISPs are just acting as resellers. The saddest thing is that the DSL cost/speed ratio in the capital is the most extortinate in the developed world (and outside the capital is mostly unavailable). Anything over 3mb BB is almost unheard of in residential areas and the internet penetration is very low country-wide, so there has been very little public outcry over it…

    To top it all off, we copy UK IT related legislature verbatim most of the time so any draconian measures imposed over there will be over here in a matter of time. Its a sad time to be alive.

  8. Falcon_Seven says:

    Mmmm. Meatspace. Aughhhhh…

  9. Itsumishi says:

    I don’t know much about the situation in Ireland but I’d say there’s every reason for an ISP to fight the right not to enforce the sorts of laws in question.

    Firstly, enforcing them involves more work than not enforcing it (the same reason they have poor customer service).

    Secondly, terminating contracts with paying customers is a pretty terrible way to make a profit.

    So they might not give a shit about anyone’s rights, but I’m guessing they do care about their profits which would be affected by both points.

  10. Anonymous says:

    This isn’t yet too much of a victory.

    It sounds like the main govt objection to the current law is that it places onerous decision making on ISPs.

    This law may be back in a very similar form, just with a horrible independent govt body making the disconnect calls, rather than the ISPs themselves.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Here’s what will happen, folks.

    This legislation will be withdrawn with great fanfare. While opponents are celebrating, it will be replaced quietly with something marginally less bad. Then, under cover of some (manufactured)crisis, additions will be made that will make the net effect even more extreme than the original legislation.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Not really the current government’s bill, it was introduced by the previous Labor government.

  13. Anonymous says:

    This New Copyright Law Is Stupid! Its Just Gonna Make Things Worse!

  14. brainswarm says:

    Mmmmm. Hats.

  15. Gtaste8 says:

    ok, so can we get back Flight of the Conchords now that we are rockn’ and reeln’ with our Aucky pals?

  16. Anonymous says:

    As sad as it is, Ireland (Republic of) still has this stupid rule and we’re getting very little coverage from the media regarding it – things are getting very very dangerous, only a short time before we start getting catch-all firewall filters.

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