Stephen Fry leads protest against 'guilt upon accusation' copyright laws
Tue, 17 Feb 2009 12:00a.m.
“If you’re on Twitter, would you change your avatar to black to show support for the fight against a ‘three accusations and you’re offline’ law in New Zealand?”
The star's campaign has found widespread support and even resulted in the website geekzone.co.nz which is running a concurrent protest, crashing yesterday.
The protest centres on sections 92A and 92C of the Copyright (New Technologies) Amendment Act, which comes into effect at the end of February.
The new law puts the responsibility for illegal downloading of copyrighted material in the hands of internet service providers, who will be asked to terminate the accounts of customers who infringe the law.
ISPs are being advised to offer a “three strikes and you’re out” policy – issuing up to three “education” notices before cutting off accounts.
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