freedom fightin', baby

If you are local, and at all creative, or like creative works made by others, or like the internet being free, then the Campaign Against Guilt Upon Association will be of interest.

The Creative Freedom Foundation’s first campaign is against a proposed law in New Zealand: Section 92 of the Copyright Amendment Act. S92 assumes ‘Guilt Upon Accusation’ รขโ‚ฌโ€œ cutting off internet connections and websites based on accusations of Copyright infringement, without evidence or even a trial.

This is a really negative limiting use of copyright law, with frankly alarming applications. Any idiot with a grudge, or the actions of a virus hidden on your computer, can get you shut down on the basis of “accusation” with no proof.

The law is slated to come into effect in NZ in February 09 unless opposition occurs now.

You can sign a petition here, and generally spread the word…


Of course, if you want to know what real opposition looks like, check out these amazing photos from the Greek riots. ๐Ÿ˜›

9 Responses to “freedom fightin', baby”

  1.   R-bot
    December 18th, 2008 | 2:43 pm

    I’m glad you know about this. I was going to send you a link when I heard that their website was up. As it turns out, your ear is close to the ground.

  2.   Rich
    December 18th, 2008 | 3:08 pm

    Those Greeks are going for it, aren’t they? I wish Kiwis were that conscious and staunch about things.

  3.   Administrator
    December 18th, 2008 | 4:59 pm

    R-bot: my ear is only close to the ground when I am drunk in the gutter.

    Rich: To be fair, we aren’t dealing with the shit they are. Populations tend to respond to situations.

  4.   Rich
    December 18th, 2008 | 5:55 pm

    I think it’s more what happened in the past – I guess the cops have never shot an innocent kid in NZ? The Greeks had a civil war after WW2, then a military dictatorship in the 1970’s. They’ve been a nominal democracy for years though.

    And you can bet if the cops *did* shoot a kid here, then they wouldn’t be thrown in jail and charged with murder, as happened in Greece. It’s more likely that they’d be suspended for a year or so while they and the authorities worked out a story.

  5.   Pearce
    December 19th, 2008 | 3:15 am

    So what are you saying? That to protest a stupid copyright law, we should set fire to the police and destroy other people’s property?

  6.   Administrator
    December 19th, 2008 | 1:24 pm

    We really need to coin a word for your particular brand of deliberately obtuse argumentativeness, dogg.

  7.   Pearce
    December 19th, 2008 | 6:12 pm

    Hey, you were the one who posted a photo of a protester setting a cop on fire and said it’s “what real opposition look like” in a post about how you oppose changes to copyright law.

  8.   ian
    December 24th, 2008 | 12:37 am

    either way, what is happening in greece is really interesting. the spark in this case seems to have been something, that in the bigger picture, is quite a small event.

  9. February 18th, 2009 | 10:20 pm

    […] The “guilt by association” internet hobbling copyright law goes into law at the end of the month unless the government revokes it – we mentioned this a couple of months back. Creative Freedom NZ have organised a protest tomorrow (Thursday 19th) at Parliament. […]