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Monday, February 23, 2009

PM announces copyright law suspension

It's difficult to find fault with John Key's pragmatism today. This is my transcript from the PM's presser:

"There's been some debate in the last week about section 92A -

Cabinet this morning decided to do the following, that is:
1. There will be a delay in the implementation of section 92A until Friday the 27th of March. We are hoping that by that time agreement can be finalised on the voluntary code of practice. If by the 27th of March the voluntary code of practice hasn't been agreed by the parties then section 92A will be suspended. Assuming that voluntary code of conduct can be reached by the 27th of March then there will be a review in six months time to reflect on whether the law is working satisfactorily. - so that's basically it."

These codes must include robust verification and rights of defence for any person in NZ that supposedly harms the interests of Hollywood and the corporates that control the copyright business.


At 23/2/09 5:56 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 23/2/09 6:43 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dunno if I'd call it "pragmatism", it's more like kicking for touch the same way David Cunliffe did before the election.

At 23/2/09 10:12 pm, Blogger Tim Selwyn said...

I've used the term kicking for touch too - and that is what they've done - and it is also the pragmatic response to the issue. No-one wants to fuck up the internet - there'd be no point getting all that govt. broadband money to roll out fibre only to not be able to download anything out of risk that a heavy-handed Nigel Clipboard from RIANZ via Vodahug will be cutting your cable and yanking your website off the server and off the internet at the drop of Hollywood's hat. To some extent the voluntary code of practice must appease the sensibilities of the bloggers and the independent non-corporate online media - and so they should. We may be the next intended victims/targets of the copyright industry's designs to control the distribution of content.

At 23/2/09 10:30 pm, Blogger Tim Selwyn said...

I love how Key begins by numbering a point as one - as if to go through a list - but doesn't have a two, it just ends at one. Sign of the times? "Reflecting the seriousness of the recession we have cut all government statements down to one point only. Next week we will be cutting the ideas down to just two or three thoughts rather than the wasteful dozen or so ideas underpinning some policies, and if conditions worsen into winter parts of the alphabet will also be retrenched starting with the under-performing v-z section...."


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