Blackout Monday

February 22, 2009

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Homepaddock is blacked out in opposition to the guilt by association law.

I do not support of breaches of copyright.

My protest is aimed at section 92a and 92c of the Copyright Ammendment Act which are bad law and which will come in to force next Saturday February 28 unless the government acts.

See more at the Creative Freedom website:

 

On Monday morning bloggers from across the political spectrum will be taking their blogs down in an “Internet Blackout” to protest the coming into force on the 28th of S92A of the Copyright Act. Scores and scores of bloggers will be taking part, including Public Address, Scoop, Kiwiblog, The Standard, No Right Turn, Frog Blog, Whale Oil, Not PC, No Minister, Just Left, The Hand Mirror, Roar Prawn, Policy Net, Kiwi Politico etc etc.  Supporters of almost every political party are taking part – National, Labour, Greens, ACT, Alliance, and Libertarianz,

To say we represent a diverse range of views is putting it mildly. Normally we disagree on everything. Even e=mc^2 can be regarded as a highly debatable proposition on our blogs.

So for us to all unite together, from across the political spectrum, to condemn S92A of the Copyright Act should send a signal as to how bad the law is. A law which can see people lose their Internet access on the basis of unproven allegations should have no place in the New Zealand statute books.

We don’t care who voted for the law in the first place. We just want it stopped. We call on either Parliament to repeal that section or for the Government to delay it from coming into force on 28 February.

The normal content on our blogs will be made inaccessible on Monday morning, and our blogs will refer people to the online petition organized by the Creative Freedom Foundation.

In addition to these political blogs, thousands of other websites including Scoop News, PublicAddress.Net, Throng, GeekZone, and Street Talk are also joining the Internet Blackout.


Black and blue

February 22, 2009

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When I started blogging I made my politics clear (I admit to the blue tint in the header and my National Party involvement on the About page).

I did that because I decided not to be anonymous (my name is also on the About page) and having done that thought it was important to be upfront about my bias – though regular readers probably don’t need to be told I’m not trying to be balanced 🙂

I also decided I’d leave criticism of National to others in much the way I might take issue with friends or family when I’m with them but not in front of others; and because there are enough people keen to criticise any party in public without its members joining in.

However, I’m making an exception over the guilt on association copyright law for two reasons.

First because it’s bad law. David Farrar’s guest column at NZCPR  explains why and I linked to several blogs which have covered the issue on an earlier post.

Second because it’s really stupid politics. 

This is Labour’s mess thanks to then minsiter Judith Tizard. But she’s no longer in parliament and her party has seen the light so if section 92a and 92c are retained the mess and resulting problems will become National’s and  the government risks losing far too much of the goodwill and support it’s won if it won’t clear it up.

It doesn’t have to be this way, they can delay the problem bits becoming law when cabinet meets tomorrow.

Failure to do so will exhibit a similar blind refusal to see sense as Labour and its allies exhibited with Electoral Finance Act.

Like Keeping Stock I’m not confident of blacking out this site without killing it completely but I’ll try and if that doesn’t work I’ll certainly be showing that I’m backing the blackout even though I’m blue.


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