Copyright Act Time-line

For those readers not in New Zealand, there has been a lot in the media here lately about Section 92A of the amended Copyright Act. The debate centers around the impact 92A might have on ISPs, rights-holders and end-users of the internet.

The first paper on amending the Act was published in 2001 by the Ministry of Economic Development (MED). After a long process the amended Act came into force on 1 November 2008, although Section 92A was delayed until 28 February 2009.

On 23 February after an on-line and real-world protest, John Key announced that the implementation of Section 92A would be delayed for one month to allow the Telecommunication Carriers Forum Code of Practice to be completed.

And on 23 March 2009 Section 92A is to be redrafted.

All the links on this list were found through searching on-line and cover most angles of the story, but this is not intended as an exhaustive list. Where there was an exchange between parties via the media I have shown this in the time-line.

If you have links to contribute, gaps to fill or corrections please send them to me at rhulse at paradise dot net dot nz. That means that this post will be updated from time-to-time, so check back often for updates.

There are 4 main strands in the time-line:

  1. Key documents produced by the MED as part of the process
  2. Select Committee papers and transcripts of Parliament related to the Act.
  3. Press releases from rights-holders and industry bodies
  4. Media and blog coverage

On the time-line you’ll be able to quickly see industry and media reaction at each step of the process.

And for the record, as a freelance writer I support the principle of copyright and the right of creators to profit from their work.


9 July 2001

  • Intellectual property reform enters touchy areaTwo more bills are due over the next year to follow the Trademarks Bill introduced last week in the snail’s-pace revision of intellectual property laws – but the legislative issues are complex and controversial. (NZ Herald)

10 July 2001

11 August 2001

23 October 2001

12 December 2001

  • Can The Recording Industry Spell ‘Net’?I spoke with Michael Glading, the managing director of Sony Music NZ who seems to be an amiable enough chap with a hell of a difficult job: convincing the huge number of local file-traders and music pirates to mend their wicked ways. (Aardvark)

18 December 2001

  • Copyright and wrong-headed lawDespite the best efforts of the copyright police – led by the bastion of democracy the United States – introducing ever more draconian laws designed to curtail individual freedom, copyright continues to be eroded before our eyes. (NZ Herald)


1 July 2002

1 December 2002

11 December 2002


4 April 2003

25 June 2003


  • RIANZ says it’s okay to break copyright lawRegular readers will know that I have little time for Michael Gladding (he also has little time for me after this interview) and the attitudes of RIANZ when it comes to the “fair use” of music recordings that customers have paid good money for. (Aardvark)

3 March 2004

23 March 2004

30 March 2004

  • Cheap discs being importedHot on the heels of a big pirate CD bust in the eastern United States comes the news that probable counterfeit discs are still pouring into New Zealand (Scoop)

5 April 2004

20 May 2004

  • Microsoft, music industry sound off on copyrightMore submissions on proposed changes to the country’s copyright law have been made public, with Microsoft and the recording industry coming out strongly on the side of copyright holders. (Computer World)


22 March 2005

  • Clamping down on CD music piracyAn estimated 20 million blank CDs entered New Zealand last year and music industry pirate hunter Terence O’Neill-Joyce says up to half of them could have been used to “burn” illegal music copies. (NZ Herald)

24 March 2005

7 October 2005


24 April 2006

  • RIANZ and NZFA©T Sign Landmark Agreement – The Recording Industry Association of New Zealand has joined forces with the New Zealand Federation Against Copyright Theft (NZFA©T) to combat music and movie piracy. (Scoop).

26 April 2006

4 December 2006

Copyright (New Technologies) Amendment Bill introduced to house

6 December 2006

12 December 2006

First reading of Copyright (New Technologies) Amendment Bill

Referred to Commerce Committee with submissions due 9 March 2007


26 January 2007

  • Bar Breaks Copyright LawA Palmerston North bar has been ordered to stop illegally playing music for which it does not have a Public Performance License. (Biggie)

15 February 2007

  • US to pressure NZ into copyright compliance?New Zealand has earnt itself a “Special Mention” (link goes to an Adobe PDF document) in the International Intellectual Property Alliance’s 2007 Special 301 Report it seems. (The Techsploder)


New Zealand Open Source Society presentation to Commerce Committee on the DRM provisions in the Copyright Amendment Bill.

30 March 2007

1 April 2007

  • Bic Runga posts on her blog about working two jobs. – Got home to some fuss in the media about how most New Zealand musicians have to have day jobs. Now that’s never been news! But you know, I haven’t flipped burgers since i was 15 (actually, I was very good at it, I once made up an order of 21 burgers in one go.) Thanks for your concern, but most musicians are just happy to be musicians.

Note: Campbell Smith was NOT the source of the ‘flipping burgers’ comment.

2 April 2007

  • The Public GoodIs the Campbell Smith who told a select committee last week that illicit downloading was killing his artists’ careers and forcing them into day jobs the same Campbell Smith who told a room full of people several years ago that he didn’t have much of a problem with file-sharing, which was “the only marketing we’ve got in most territories”? (Public Address)
  • Stop me if you’ve heard this one before…The manager of top singer-songwriter Bic Runga says eight of his “high-profile” and “major” New Zealand artists have been forced to take second jobs as illegal digital downloads kill the music industry. (Daktari123)

3 April 2007

4 April 2007

  • RIANZ chief responds to music downloading debate – Last week music manager and RIANZ chief executive Campbell Smith told Parliament’s commerce select committee that local record sales were suffering because of illegal music downloading. On Monday, media commentator Russell Brown entered the debate, challenging Smith’s claims and critiquing the RIANZ select committee submission. (NZ Herald)

28 May 2007

  • Downloads to debut on NZ chartsDigital music sales will be included in the New Zealand music charts from Tuesday following the acceleration in legal downloads. (TVNZ)

26 April 2007

  • World IP Day 07: Respect Work of Creators – Creativity is encouraged when the ownership rights of those that create music, art, and other endeavours are respected, Associate Commerce Minister, Judith Tizard and creativity industry representatives said today. (Scoop)

27 July 2007

30 July 2007

  • Failure to right Copyright wrongs – Internet NZ (The Internet Society of New Zealand) notes that there are some small improvements but significant disappointments in the Commerce Committee’s report back on the Copyright (New Technologies and Performers’ Rights) Amendment Bill. (Scoop)

2 August 2007

  • Copyright Bill – Website Owners & ISPS BewareThe Commerce Committee has reviewed and recommended passing the Copyright (New Technologies and Performers’ Rights) Amendment Bill requiring, among other things, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) ‘to delete or prevent access to’ information on a website that is known to be a copyright infringement. (Scoop)

11 August 2007

  • iPod law eases for music, not filmsProposed law changes will make it legal to copy music for personal use, but anyone recording a favourite television programme will be able to keep it for only a few days. (NZ Herald)
  • RIANZ don’t really want you to listen to music.I’m sure plenty of people on here would have been following the saga of NZ’s updated copyright laws that will probably be passed in the next few months. (Steve Biddle’s Blog)

23 October 2007

  • US to drive global copyright enforcementThe Bush administration announced Tuesday that it plans to negotiate a trade agreement with other major countries to bolster the fight against counterfeit products. (NZ Herald)

25 October 2007

  • Question – CHRISTOPHER FINLAYSON (National) to the Associate Minister of Commerce: Does she stand by her statement regarding the Copyright (New Technologies and Performers’ Rights) Amendment Bill that “Under this Government there have been seven pieces of legislation concerning this matter, and indeed a number of new ones are coming through.”; if so, what are these new pieces of legislation and what intellectual property issues will they deal with? (Hansard)


27 January 2008

  • Top tips: Music and copyright – Greer Donovan, the licensing manager of the Australasian Performing Rights Association, answers your questions about music licensing and copyright. (NZ Herald)

19 March 2008

Second reading of Copyright (New Technologies) Amendment Bill

1 April 2008

8 April 2008

Third and final reading of Copyright (New Technologies) Amendment Bill

  • Internet NZ sees Copyright Amendment Act as a missed opportunity.InternetNZ (The Internet Society of New Zealand Inc) says the changes passed today to the Copyright Act have both benefits and detriments for Internet users and providers, and is disappointed Parliament has missed an opportunity to bring its Copyright law fully into the modern age. (Internet NZ)

9 April 2008

10 April 2008

11 April 2008

Royal assent granted to Copyright (New Technologies) Amendment Bill

  • Copyright changesBeen meaning to blog on this since the changes to the Copyright Act were passed on Tuesday with all but the Greens and the Maori Party against. (KiwiBlog)

14 April 2008

  • NZ music labels unlikely to opt out of ‘iPod’ changeThe Recording Industry Association says record companies are unlikely to try to use “opt out” provisions in the amended Copyright Act to prevent people from copying music from CDs to iPods, MP3 players, telephones and computers. (Stuff)
  • NZ copyright Act may drag ISPs into disputesInternetNZ fears Internet service providers will be dragged into dozens of disputes every day over who owns copyright to material posted on homepages and websites they host. (Stuff)

15 April 2008

2 June 2008

  • Leaked US copyright proposal exposes ISP liability hole – A leaked report from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, which is part of the U.S. federal government, indicates the Office is considering imposing strict intellectual property protections as a condition of any free trade arrangement. (Info World)

26 July 2008

  • Fee plan to combat net piracy – Music industry heads say New Zealand should look into charging internet users a fee to download music which will help tackle illegal file-sharing. (NZ Herald)

19 September 2008

  • IT groups slam New Zealand copyright act – A bevy of IT and internet interest groups have combined to criticize a key provision of the new Copyright (New Technologies) Amendment Act. (Computer World)

23 September 2008

25 September 2008

  • Government wavers on web cut-offs – The Government has issued mixed messages on whether it might freeze controversial new copyright law that could lead to customers being disconnected from the internet. (Stuff)

29 September 2008

  • Copyright Act change shifts software rightsA change in New Zealand’s copyright law will see software developers owning their software by default, even when that software is commissioned, and that has led one industry leader to warn of potential abuse. (Info World)

6 October 2008

  • Colin Jackson’s account of a meeting with David Cunliffe & Judith Tizard that delays s92a. – The meeting was arranged by David C after concerns were raised at the Open Source Awards. David C addressed the room from the podium and proposed the meeting.

6 October 2008

  • Copyright backdown ruled out by TizardThe Government has scotched speculation it will back down on a controversial change to copyright law as a split emerged among its opponents. (Stuff)

13 October 2008

  • Copyright section could be changed – A controversial clause in the Copyright Act due to come into force in February could be changed if ICT groups and copyright owners can reach a compromise. (Stuff)

14 October 2008

24 October 2008

  • Question – CHRISTOPHER FINLAYSON (National) to the Associate Minister of Commerce – Does she stand by her statement regarding the Copyright (New Technologies and Performers’ Rights) Amendment Bill that “Under this Government there have been seven pieces of legislation concerning this matter, and indeed a number of new ones are coming through.”; if so, what are these new pieces of legislation and what intellectual property issues will they deal with? (Hansard)

25 October 2008

1 November 2008

  • new tech amendment act (excepting 92a) in effect.
  • false copyright claim against BrokenSea Audio (press not until 4th march 2009)

8 November 2008

10 November 2008

12 November 2008

17 November 2008

  • Copyright change creates few ripplesFears that new copyright legislation would result in a rash of demands for Internet service providers to take down websites appear to have so far proved unfounded. (Stuff)

21 December 2008

  • S92A: Interim Repeat Infringer Termination PolicyThe Telecommunications Carriers Forum have released a note to ISPs saying that while they’re working on a policy that will comply with S92A of the Copyright Act, it’s not clear that the policy will be finished 28 days before the 28 Feb 2009 deadline when the law takes effect. (Torkington)


6 Jan 2009

  • Daft Kiwi copyright law could be adoptedNew Zealand is set to adopt a daft, draconian copyright infringement law next month, which will see Internet users summarily disconnected merely upon accusation that they’ve unlawfully shared copyrighted files, with no proof, due process or right of appeal involved. (The Inquirer)

7 Jan 2009

9 January 2009

  • ISPs tread risky path with new rules on piracyInternet service providers are struggling to deal with a new law requiring them to axe the internet connections of customers who “repeatedly” access pirated material. (NZ Herald)

13 January 2009

  • Is the new copyright law a lose-lose proposition?What do you get when you combine technology ignorant law makers, a twitchy movie and music industry plus the internet? If you live in New Zealand, you get an unworkable legislative mess that can only be described as a near total lose-lose situation for everyone. (NZ Herald)

14 January 2009

20 January 2009

21 January 2009

22 January 2009

  • Librarians join protest against implementation of new section of Copyright ActLIANZA, the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa, representing 460 public, educational, commercial, industrial, legal and government libraries in New Zealand, has joined the widespread protest against the implementation of new section 92A of the Copyright Act, which comes into force on 28 February 2009. (Info News)
  • Copyright law dust-up turns into a war of wordsIt’s official, the recording industry has thrown its toys out of the cot after critics have roundly condemned the controversial Section 92A of the Copyright Amendment (New Technologies) Act. (NZ Herald)

29 January 2009

  • UK backs down on three strikes – will sanity prevail here?As New Zealand edges closer to enforcing the controversial section 92 of the Copyright Amendment (New Technologies) act, the UK government has decided not to support a policy aimed at policing British digital copyright infringers. (NZ Herald)

31 January 2009

  • Govt rejects calls to alter internet lawThe new “guilt by accusation” law would result in internet service providers (ISPs) being forced to take on the role of gatekeeper by blocking online access to anyone accused of flouting copyright laws and illegally downloading films and music. (Stuff)

3 February 2009

  • New copyright rules fair, says APRAThe Australasian Performing Rights Association has dismissed claims that the new Copyright Act will force people off the internet unfairly. (Radio NZ)

4 February 2009

5 February 2009

  • New copyright act to hit NZ ISPs 2009 will force New Zealand’s ISPs to come to grips with an amended Copyright Act, which includes a provision forcing them to disconnect customers who have allegedly infringed copyright. (Ziff Davis)
  • Copyright controversy – under the bonnet of the TCF code of conductAmidst much heated debate and controversy, Section 92A of the Copyright (New Technologies) Act finally comes into force at the end of the month. (HZ Herald)
  • Copyright group to challenge new codeA copyright lobby group led by the local arms of Hollywood entertainment companies is set to back a draft code of practice for phone companies obliged to regulate copyright theft of music and video from the internet. (NZ Herald)

7 February 2009

10 February 2009

13 February 2009

  • Govt should can copyright law, says DunneA new copyright law will leave internet users vulnerable to accusations of piracy and should be discarded, United Future leader Peter Dunne says. (NZ Herald)
  • Dunne Press releaseThe Government should repeal the Copyright Amendment Act’s ‘guilt by accusation’ clause that will see people’s internet connections cut on unproven accusations of piracy, UnitedFuture leader and Ohariu MP Peter Dunne said today. (Scoop)
  • Dunne increases pressure over unjust copyright lawIn receiving a petition today for the repeal of Section 92A of the Copyright Amendment Act, UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne pledged to continue fighting to get rid of the clause that will see innocent New Zealanders having their internet disconnected. (United Future)

14 February 2009

  • David Farrar Guest Forum: New government fails to defend internet freedomMost businesses in New Zealand will be unaware of this, but by the end of the month they will be at risk of having their Internet access terminated, if they are accused of repeat copyright infringement. They do not have to be found guilty. They do not need to have been infringing themselves. (NZCPR)

15 February 2009

The #blackout idea is dreamed up by attendees at this years Kiwifoo Baacamp, on the last unconference session on Saturday night. A plan is drawn up on the whiteboard and theCreative Freedom Foundation offers support.

16 February 2009

#blackout protest begins (avatars, stephen fry)

  • Join New Zealand Internet blackout protest against insane copyright lawReason didn’t work and the Parliamentary process failed, which is why we in New Zealand now have arguably the world’s harshest copyright enforcement law. (Juha Saarinen)
  • Foes of copyright act call for photo black-outA protest campaign against the Copyright Amendment (New Technologies) Act is catching on like wildfire as followers black-out their photos on Facebook and other social networking sites. (NBR)
  • Fans use Twitter, Facebook and MySpace to protest against copyright lawMusic fans worldwide are using Twitter, Facebook and MySpace to protest against a new New Zealand law that could mean users who illegally download music internet see their connections severed. (NME)
  • A Black Day for New ZealandNew Zealand Twitterers are using the site to show resistance to the passage of ammendments to the copyright laws, in particular Section 92a which could see draconic responses to claims of copyright infringement, such as file sharing (especially music and film – the music industry, in particular, has been vocally lobbying the changes). (Idealog)
  • Black Out Your Twitter Photo: NZ Copyright Law Protest Goes ViralSocial networks are making it increasingly easy to organize and propagate protests. One that caught our eye today is the New Zealand Internet Blackout, which is using a variety of Internet services to protest against a new law in New Zealand – the Guilt Upon Accusation law ‘Section 92A’. (ReadWriteWeb)
  • New Zealand Goes BlackThe previous government in New Zealand enacted an amendment to the Copyright Act that required ISPs to have a policy to disconnect users after repeated accusations of infringement, over the objections of technologists. (O’Reilly)
  • MsBehaviour covers the #blackout (The g33k Show)
  • Fry backs campaign against 92ABritish humourist, broadcaster, author and technofreak Stephen Fry has added his support to online campaigns against New Zealand’s new copyright legislation, which would require ISPs to disconnect customers accused of downloading copyright material. (Netguide)


17 February 2009

18 February 2009

  • Question – CLARE CURRAN (Labour—Dunedin South) to the Minister of Commerce: Does he intend to respond to public concerns expressed about the implementation of section 92A of the Copyright Act, which comes into force next week; if so, what will be his response? (Hansard)
  • Strike 1 against APRAThe big thing this week has been the protest against the new section 92(a) of the New Zealand Copyright Act which will cut off the Internet for people or organisations repeatedly accessed of copyright violations. (Simon Lyall)
  • S92a Copyright Protest – Parliament Noon 18 FebThe Creative Freedom Foundation announces that at 12 Noon on Thursday 19 February 2009 a public demonstration will be held on Parliament grounds in Wellington in support of MPs against Guilt Upon Accusation laws in New Zealand specifically the controversial Section 92A of the Copyright Amendment Act, due to come into effect on 28 February 2009. (Scoop)
  • New Zealand Sites Go Dark To Protest Copyright BillNew Zealand’s copyright reform package, which includes a “graduated response” provision that would force ISPs to terminate subscribers on allegations of infringement, is generating a huge protest with many people turning their websites, profiles, or other online persona dark. (Michael Geist)
  • New Zealand Goes All Black Against Three StrikesWhether you’re following a New Zealander on Twitter, or have friended a Kiwi on Facebook, you will not have missed Net users from that country protesting Section 92A in NZ’s new Copyright Act. (EFF)
  • Back on the OIA trail – s92A, this time – (Mark Harris send OIA requests)
  • The Virtual World with Helen and Chelfyn Baxter (MP3 – Radio NZ Afternoons)
  • Section 92 of the Copyright (New Technologies) Amendment Act: good or bad?All this talk of guilt upon accusation law has got my head in a spin. (Tone)
  • Section 92A ate my brainYesterday, I was myself keelhauled myself in some quarters. My crime: being the messenger of the fact that Section 92A of the Copyright Amendment Act will not eat your brain, or result in the immediate termination of your internet account if you glance at the wrong YouTube video. (NBR)

#Blackout Special on the Radio Wammo Breakfast on Kiwi Fm featuring:

19 February 2009


20 February 2009

  • Media Release – Section 92a Copyright Right ActRIANZ and APRA are confident the discussions with the TCF will lead to a Code of Conduct which will satisfy copyright holders and ISPs, which will satisfy the requirements of Section 92A and which, if adopted by ISPs, will provide certainty for all parties moving forward. (RIANZ Blog)
  • Section 92A: the business opportunityNatcom has launched a $59.95/month service that lets a company block staff from accessing specific websites. The company says relying on inhouse IT staff to track users, to comply with S92, would be like “letting the rabbits guard the lettuce”. (NBR)
  • Cartoon: Pirating the justice system (NZ Herald)
  • Stephen Fry rails against NZ internet lawHeavyweight Twitter fan Stephen Fry has joined the New Zealand campaign against ‘guilt upon accusation’ internet copyright laws. (Stuff)
  • Leo Laporte on the #blackoutTech broadcaster Leo Laporte weighs into the Section 92a Copyright debate with some of the reasons why he is so concerned for New Zealand and other jurisdictions who may introduce overly onerous Copyright laws. (KiwiFM)
  • Media: Mediator may help sort out piratesMovie and music industry bosses have pulled back from a hardline approach and are belatedly considering a plan for an independent mediator to oversee protracted complaints between them and telcos. (NZ Herald)

21 February 2009

22 February 2009

  • What is it with Chris Hocquard?You may remember I posted last year on an interview Oliver Driver did with Chris Hocquard. He still doesn’t get it, in my opinion, despite the fact that he’s the director and sole shareholder in amplifer.co.nz and is well regarded in the industry. (Mark Harris)

23 February 2009

  • TCF Welcomes Progress On CopyrightThe Telecommunications Carriers’ Forum (TCF) welcomes the government’s decision to postpone the introduction of s92A of the Copyright Act until the end of March. (TCF)
  • The top five myths about S92Section 92A of the Copyright Amendment (New Technologies) Act, due to come into force Saturday, is a piece of badly-written legislation that seeks to mollify both sides of the piracy debate, only to enrage all-comers. (NBR)

Websites blackout.

John Key announces s92a delay until 27th March:


24 February 2009

More coverage:

26 February 2009

27 February 2009

28 February 2009

Section 92 was to come into effect on this date

2 March 2009

5 March 2009

7 March 2009

TCF submissions close

9 March 2009

11 March 2009

  • TelstraClear bails from copyright code talksTelstraClear has pulled the rug from under efforts to implement New Zealand’s controversial new copyright law. (Computer World)
  • TelstraClear pullout derails section 92 talksThe government’s request for ISPs and rights holders to reach a voluntary agreement on delayed copyright legislation has been thrown into chaos by the withdrawal of TelstraClear from key talks, which needed unanimous, UN Security Council-style consensus. (NBR)
  • TelstraClear rejects copyright codeTelstraClear has dealt a death blow to section 92a of the Copyright Act, saying it would not support a code being drafted by the Telecommunications Carriers Forum that sets out how telcos would interpret the controversial law change. (Stuff)
  • TelstraClear decision must mean end of 92AInternetNZ says TelstraClear’s decision not to support the Telecommunications Carriers’ Forum Copyright Code of Practice means the Government should promptly repeal Section 92A of the Copyright Act. (Internet NZ)

12 March 2009

13 March 2009

  • Artists want ‘reasonable solution to bad copyright law’Matthew Holloway from the Creative Freedom Foundation responds to RIANZ’ Campbell Smith’s column about copyright law in NZ. (NZ Herald Opinion)
  • Brief review of TCF submissionsSubmissions on the TCF’s draft code for implementing S92A closed on Friday 6th March. The 47 received submissions are now available to read on the TCF website and overall, they paint an interesting picture. (CFF)
  • David Farrar: TelstraClear kill off s92A CodeTelstraClear have killed off the TCF Code of Practice designed to try and get workable process around the deeply flawed s92A. (Scoop guest comment)
  • Video stores caught claiming controversial law will “stop child porn.”Supporters of the controversial “guilt upon association” copyright law have been asking people to sign a petition in favour of the law, claiming it is about controlling child pornography. (Nexus)
  • Media: ISPs throwing pirates overboardBig telcos such as Telecom, Vodafone – and especially TelstraClear – are shuddering at new rules forcing them to clamp down on illegal downloads of movies, TV shows and music from their networks. (NZ Herald)
  • Power plays it cool over TelstraClear S92 boycottIn which justice minister Simon Power responds to parliamentary questions about our third largest ISP’s withdrawal from talks on the stalled Copyright Amendment (New Technologies) Act, and has a dig at InternetNZ’s deputy executive director, Jordan Carter. (NBR)

14 March 2009

15 March 2009

  • ACT’s Rodney Hide to seek internet copyright repealThe ACT Party leader is to take a proposal to ministers seeking the repeal of a law change that enforces copyright on the Internet. (RNZ)
  • Section 92A – A Code for Educational Institutions?Section 92A of the New Zealand Copyright Act has been in the media quite a lot recently, the work of the Creative Freedom Foundation has been excellent in promoting the concerns of a wide range of New Zealanders over the serious risks to personal freedoms and citizenship reflected in this badly written and sycophantic legislation. (Stephen’s Blog)

16 March 2009

  • Google opposes new copyright lawGoogle has voiced its opposition to a controversial law change that would force internet service providers to cut off “repeat copyright infringers, in appropriate circumstances”. (Stuff)
  • Law Society voices its criticisms of S92AIf you think the debate over section 92A of New Zealand’s new copyright law is getting a bit emotional, you are probably right. Now a more sober group, the Auckland District Law Society, has pointed to issues in the legislation that it says could undermine “fundamental precepts of our common law system”. (Computer World)
  • Opinion: ISPs agree on a code? Some chanceThere’s slim chance of ISPs widely adopting a cumbersome scheme being hammered out by the Telecommunications Carriers Forum to give teeth to section 92a of the Copyright Act. (Opinion, Stuff)
  • Child porn threat used to push S92A Student newspaper busts video chain petitionWaikato University’s weekly Student Union magazine Nexus reports that United Video and other video rental stores in Hamilton are using the threat of child pornography to get customers to sign a petition in favour of Section 92A of New Zealand’s new copyright law. (Computer World)
  • S92A: Opportunists jumping on bandwagonsIt is always interesting watching people and organizations jumping on bandwagons of popular movements. In the case of the section 92A of the new Copyright Act, there was a genuine movement by the denizens of the local net and artist communities that we participated in. (The Standard)

17 March 2009

  • CFF launch the ‘What About Us’ video series against S92AThe series will feature YouTube video statements by New Zealand artists and others who are not represented in the private sector decision-making process that will determine whether the controversial ‘Guilt Upon Accusation’ law Section 92A comes into effect. (CFF)
  • What About Us Video PageWe succeeded in getting a delay in implementation of the Guilt Upon Accusation law Section 92A but now we’re in the situation where most artists, businesses, schools, libraries, and many homes are now deemed Internet Providers and may be affected by a law without being represented in the decision-making process. (CFF)
  • Morning Report coverage of What About Us (MP3 – Radio NZ Morning Report)
  • Q&A: RIANZ chief backs ‘robust’ detection methodsAnti-piracy investigators from the New Zealand recording industry will use only the same methods to access file-swapping networks used by anyone downloading music, so there are no privacy issues involved, says Campbell Smith, CEO of the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. (Computer World)
  • New copyright law compared to Electoral Finance ActCalls to scrap the controversial new internet copyright law are increasing ahead of the Government’s March 27 deadline for a decision on its future. (NZ Herald)
  • Campaign against copyright legislation intensifiesFurther pressure is being put on the Government to dump a controversial law change that enforces copyright on the internet. (RNZ)
  • Google: Internet disconnection a “disproportionate” penalty – Google has waded into the worldwide debate over disconnecting file-sharers after repeated copyright infringement. (Ars Technica)
  • A response to the latest newsletter from APRA.Today APRA sent out a newsletter to their members with a number of misrepresentations about the Creative Freedom Foundation, about UK artists, and about Copyright law in New Zealand. We clear these up, inside. (CFF)
  • Lies? At the least, misinformationcalling out APRA’s letter to members (Mark Harris)
  • ISPs want regular audit of S92A detection methodsISP Association chief Jamie Baddeley has accused Campbell Smith, CEO of the Recording Industry Association of NZ (RIANZ) of being “economical with the truth” in his statement to Computerworld that ISPs registered no objections to the copyright-breach detection procedures planned by RIANZ in pursuit of the Copyright Act’s controversial Section 92A (Computer World)

18 March 2009

  • Anatomy of a smearI’ve been involved in the campaign against Section 92A of the Copyright Act since before the election. On at least two occasions I’ve heard from journalists that someone they wouldn’t name was trying to plant stories linking anti-S92A activists with, of all things, child pornography. We gritted our teeth and ignored it. (Colin Jackson)

23 March 2009

  • Government to amend S92ACabinet today decided that section 92A of the Copyright Act 1994 will not come into force on 27 March as scheduled, but will be amended to address areas of concern, Commerce Minister Simon Power said today. (Minster’s press release)(Scoop)
  • Section 92A to be ScrappedPrime Minister John Key has announced the government will throw out the controversial Section 92A of the Copyright Amendment (New Technologies) Act and start again. (NBR)
  • S92A has been scrappedChris Keall at the NBR reports that “Prime Minister John Key has announced that the government will throw out the controversial Section 92A of the Copyright Amendment Act and start again. (CFF)
  • InternetNZ welcomes Government decision to abandon Copyright Act clauseInternetNZ welcomes the decision by Government today to amend Section 92A of the Copyright Act through starting a process to create a more workable law. (Internet NZ)
  • Matthew Holloway interviewed by Mary Wilson (MP3 – Radio NZ Checkpoint)
  • Copyright clause to curb internet piracy scrappedThe Government is to scrap a controversial new copyright provision aimed at curbing internet piracy after industry representatives failed to agree on a code of practice. (RNZ)
  • Shift, alt, delete for internet copyright lawA controversial internet copyright law will not be going ahead and will be replaced following a review by the Government, Prime Minister John Key confirmed today. (Stuff)
  • Where did Section9A come from?In New Zealand we like to think we live in a democracy, with elected members of parliament who do the will of the people, and listen to experts in their subject matter before passing laws. (Brenda Wallace)
  • Government dumps stupid lawThe Government has scuttled what has been described as a stupid law introduced by Labour. (Newstalk ZB)
  • Finally, some leadership on Copyright issueLabour’s spokesperson on Communications and IT, Clare Curran, today welcomed the Government’s decision to intervene on section 92A of the Copyright Act, after weeks of calling for leadership on the issue. (Scoop)
  • Pat Pilcher: Sanity prevails – RIP Section 92ALike a Mainland cheese advert, good things can take time, and in the case of Section 92A of the Copyright Amendment (New Technologies) Act this was definitely the case. (NZ Herald)
  • Government throws out section 92ACabinet today announced that section 92A of the Copyright Act will not come into force on 27 March as scheduled, but will be amended to address “areas of concern”, says commerce minister Simon Power. (Computer World)
  • New Zealand ditches controversial copyright lawNew Zealand Prime Minister John Key announced today that he was scrapping an amendment to the nation’s copyright law that had enraged free-culture advocates around the Web. (LA Times)

24 March 2009

  • More Education, less Legislation – Repeal of Section 92AThe New Zealand Open Source Society (NZOSS) is pleased to see the abandonment of the unfair Section 92A of the Copyright Amendment (New Technologies) Act, a move supported by the vast majority of NZOSS members and the ICT community in New Zealand. (NZOSS)
  • Govt Commitment To Tackling Online Piracy WelcomeThe Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ) backs the government’s firm commitment to improve new legislation requiring action by Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to help protect creators’ rights. (Scoop)
  • “3 strikes” strikes out in NZ as government yanks lawThe New Zealand government has withdrawn support for a tough new “graduated response” law that was to go into effect this week. The provision will now be rewritten from scratch to take vocal criticism into account. (Ars Technica)

26 March 2009

  • Labour and copyrightLabour MPs hosted a roundtable on Tuesday evening to discus copyright issues – not just S92A, but longer term issues over how copyright law intersects with modern technology. (KiwiBlog)
  • New Zealand Reconsiders Three-Strikes Rule on Internet UseNew Zealand agreed this week to reconsider a controversial law that cut off Internet access to people accused of copyright violations. (Wall Street Journal)

27 March 2009

  • The awful truth of commerceBack in 1981 when Roger Shepherd founded NZ record label Flying Nun, computing technology for the general populace was just starting to come out of the science fiction closet. (Stuff, Opinion)

3 April 2009

1 May 2009

  • Entire Copyright Act to be scrapped – The National government will freeze any further changes to the Copyright Act with an eye to throwing the whole thing out and rewriting it from scratch. (NBR) (NB: The accuracy of this story has been questioned.)

11 May 2009

  • Asserting ancient rights – The news that section 92A is likely gone, or neutered, is great – although I’m not convinced that it is as bad as was being made out. (Public Address – Legal Beagle)

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