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Lots of people asking what the #blackout tag is on twitter.
Last time the copyright amendment was before parliament (2 years ago), everyone on twitter that supported the bill NOT going through, blacked out their profile pictures to show their support. The deal was that after “3 strikes” you would have your internet disconnected, and not be able to get an account with other ISPs. This situation is much the same, so people are doing it again.
This time the bill will allow copyright holders to request 6 month suspension of internet access for “repeat infringers” (ie those downloading copyrighted content illegally), by going to the copyright tribunal. This is guilt upon accusation, if a copyright holder ACCUSES someone of infringement. Those accused will be able to respond.
Theres been quite a bit of outrage, as the govt is pushing this through, in the wake of the chch earthquake.
It seems that this is only being discussed because Labour insisted on Canterbury legislation get 24 hours of delay, so the House needed other things to duscuss.
Heres part of the new bill:
122MA Infringement notice as evidence of copyright infringement
(1) In proceedings before the Tribunal, in relation to an infringement notice, it is presumed:
(a) that each incidence of file sharing identified in the notice constituted an infringement of the right owner’s copyright in the work identified;
(b) that the information recorded in the infringement notice is correct;
(c) that the infringement notice was issued in accordance with this Act.
(2) An account holder may submit evidence that, or give reasons why, any 1 or more of the presumptions in subsection (1) do not apply with respect to any particular infringement identified in an infringement notice.
(3) If an account holder submits evidence or gives reasons as referred to in subsection (2), the rights owner must satisfy the Tribunal that, in relation to the relevant infringement or notice, the particular presumption or presumptions are correct.
I think that those that will be caught and punished will be the “mum and dad” downloaders. those that seriously download, will already know how to cover their tracks via seedboxes and VPNs.
- http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2009/03/s92a_is_dead_and_buried.html – last time
- http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/4882838/Law-to-fight-internet-piracy-rushed-through – this time
- http://torrentfreak.com/new-zealand-government-rushes-through-controversial-anti-piracy-law-110413 -TorrentFreak article
- http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=95&topicid=81479 – Geekzone discussion