New NZ copyright laws – are they fair?

On January 30, 2009, in culture, music, technology, by Dr Hitchcock

The New Zealand Government has passed a law which could result in people having their internet service cut by their ISP for being ACCUSED, not found guity, of breaching copyright. At the mo it’s gonna be law by the end of February 09. I don’t know heaps about this law but from what I do know I don’t agree.  I do think that current copyright laws have not kept up with culture and technology and that this is the issue that needs addressing.

Does anyone else have a good grasp on this issue?

Here is a whole bunch of links to help you try and get your head around what’s happening:

The new law change –  http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/2008/0027/latest/DLM1122643.html
The Creative Freedom Foundation – http://www.creativefreedom.org.nz
Potenital alternative to existing copyright laws – http://www.creativecommons.org/

Discussion:
http://tech.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/01/06/0351202&from=rss
http://www.plt1.com/1388/the-proposed-section-92-of-the-copyright-amendment-act-assumes-guilt-upon-accusation/
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2009/01/kiwis-rally-opposition-to-nz-copyright-bill.ars
http://patenthands.com/ph-blog/new-zealands-section-92-copyright-disconnection-policy/
http://coffee.geek.nz/tags/section-92.html

:: Dr H