Stealing is not okay. I am FOR copyrights.

You may have noticed that a few of us on Facebook and Twitter have our avatars blacked out.

We are protesting against the absurd copyright legislation (Section 92(A) of the Copyright Act) that will come into effect Feb. 28 in New Zealand. This excellent post sums up the issues.

We are not for piracy. I think most of us are actually FOR copyrights and protecting artists’ work.

We are against the draconian idea that people ACCUSED of copyright infringement will have their broadband access denied by their ISPs.

Yes, you read that right. They’re not just going to take down your video or close your YouTube account. The ISPs are going to take away your internet access, and it will be at the discretion of the ISP. One ISP has said that they will cut you off just on an accusation of copyright infringement.

No day in court. No due process.

And no court would impose this sort of punishment.

What qualifies as piracy? A simple format change (such as downloading a CD that you already own onto your computer for your iPod) is a copyright infringement. Under this act, if I were to watch a video on YouTube that was not endorsed by the copyright holder, my internet connection could be cut off.

Please join us in protesting this bad law. There is information about how to create an avatar here.

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