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."
sam_vilain writes: "Nominations are now open in the first ever New Zealand Open Source Awards. They cover achievements and contributions over the last 10 years, and categories exist for Open Source Ambassador, Contributor, Best OSS Project, as well as awards for Government, Business, Education and Community sectors. Go nominate a kiwi today! nb it says "OSS" but it really means "Free Software";)"