Monday, February 16, 2009

Threat against internet freedom

STOP PRESS! We find ourselves agreeing with the Green Party and Peter Dunne!

All other political parties have backed The Copyright Act (Section 92A), which comes into force on 28 February. Internet users’ accounts can be terminated as a result of unproven accusations of piracy.

If a copyright owner thinks that an internet user is guilty of repeatedly breaching copyright, then the user’s Internet Service Provider (ISP) will be forced the terminate their internet connections and websites. Contrary to the principle of “innocent until proven guilty”, this will occur without evidence, without a fair trial, without any right of appeal, and without any punishment for false or vexatious accusations of copyright infringement.

With a track record of fighting for the rights of individuals to be free to communicate without interference from Big Brother government, it is inconceivable that National and Act have supported a law that could see internet providers monitoring everything that internet users are doing or saying.

This will be a gross abuse of privacy and free speech.

Better check your motel website to see if those picturesque local scenery photos belong to you!

For NBR's article on the Copyright Act, click: HERE

New Zealand's new Copyright Law presumes 'Guilt Upon Accusation' and will Cut Off Internet Connections without a trial. Join the black out protest against it!

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