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+ - 'Avatar/Website Blackout' over .nz Copyright Law-> 2

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sam_vilain
sam_vilain writes ""Copyright holders" in New Zealand have successfully managed to subvert the democratic process and enact a law that was almost universally rejected during commission stages as vague and turning ISPs into 'police' for the entertainment industry. As a result, New Zealanders are being faced with disconnections of their internet connections over mere accusations from these groups. They are calling on people to "black out" their Avatars and Web Site themes in protest. "Innocent until proven guilty" has been a long standing legal principle dating back to Greek times and codified in Roman Law, though the maxim/catchphrase is more recent than that."
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'Avatar/Website Blackout' over .nz Copyright Law

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  • As the natural world meets the digital opportunities are opening up for artists to connect with new audiences across the world. However, with the digitisation of media the lines between use and copy have become blurred. Worldwide,laws regulating the act of copying have failed to keep pace with technology, however a few countries have attempted to pass very bad legislation to address the problem. In 12 days, the New Zealand parliament may pass an amendment to the copyright legislation that will require ISPs
  • A few weeks back Eircom (Irish ISP) agreed to do something similar (to settle a court case with music companies) but that was one ISP - this is a government putting the law in place with little consultation with the ISPs, the populace or anybody else come to that.

    CreativeFreedom NZ have listed some things you can do aside from blacking out your Twitter/Facebook/Myspace image. http://creativefreedom.org.nz/whattodo.html [creativefreedom.org.nz]

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