Dunne call for copyright law to be discarded

February 14th, 2009 at 8:11 am by David Farrar

Very pleaed to see Peter Dunne come out and call on the Government to discard the new law – or at least S92A. The Herald reports:

The section will see people’s internet connections “cut on unproven accusations of piracy”, Mr Dunne said today.

“All of us who brought in this Act last year believed we were protecting artists from piracy and illegal downloads.

“However, it is now clear that we have a situation where internet users are vulnerable to the mere accusation of piracy, and that is simply neither fair nor just.”

The Government should defer the section’s implementation for three to six months with a view to discarding it, Mr Dunne said.

They should indeeed do this. The TCF is trying to get conensus on a code of practice to try and make a pretty unworkable law workable. But some of the rights holders groups are insisting that they want the power to be prosecutor, judge and jury and decide who has infringed and have the power to instruct an ISP to terminate a customer.

Congrats to Peter for speaking out on this law. As I joked yesterday, you know a law is in trouble when Peter condemns it, after having earlier voted for it :-)

Off memory every party but the Green Party voted for this law. The Greens do get some things right!

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8 Responses to “Dunne call for copyright law to be discarded”

  1. Viking2 (11,275 comments) says:

    Well like everything Nat. they just don’t get it do they.

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  2. goodgod (1,363 comments) says:

    No the greens got it wrong too. The only reason they were against it was because they believe anyone should be able to steal from “evil rich corporates and their mates”. They weren’t worried that it was a badly drafted law, or that it could be used against innocent citizens. Philosophically, they just liked the idea of retaining channels to attack any example of capitalism without penalty.

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  3. big bruv (13,559 comments) says:

    Once again the Press fail to do their job.

    I imagine that Dunne held a press conference to release this, if our press were doing their job the first question they should have asked is…

    “Mr Dunne, when are you going to pay back the $58,000 you stole from the tax payer?”

    They (the press) should not accept any bluster or diversion from Dunne and should refuse to talk about any policy until he answers this question.

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  4. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    Too little too late from this disgusting poseur.

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  5. Rex Widerstrom (5,330 comments) says:

    So the Pompadoured Poseur was for it before he was against it.

    Big bruv: Spot on. I suggest you start running off a small A4 newsletter which, say, you distribute to your neighbourhood. Then get yourself a fedora, stick one of those “press” signs in it and head to Parliament (just make sure you don’t bump into Annette King… she tends to interpret things rather oddly and may run round after you pressing your hat and waiting to see what you change into).

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  6. tvb (4,254 comments) says:

    This is all part of international agreement to protect intellectual property something NZ is pledged to do.

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  7. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    hello tvb..

    are you roy the lawyer..?

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  8. Paul (1,315 comments) says:

    Boy oh boy, the power of twitter – has the fit his the sham over this one, and I thought National was all about good laws.

    So what is the state of play on this one David, why has it not been repealled, the whole world is now talking about it. Want proof go to twitter.com/stephenfry and his billions of followers. That man now has the ability to crash servers, and his simple post about this law has done just that.

    http://www.geekzone.co.nz/juha/6247

    Down in seconds because of @stephenfry and the power of twitter.

    So when is National going to repeal this stupid law, or are they just going to let it be and be the laughing stock of the world – because believe me, unlike the so called nanny state laws, not a single sod outside of NZ cares, but this baby is everywhere now.

    Blacked out icons galore, in less than an hour. Poor Minister in charge of this puppy is about to have horrible day – and get worse

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