The Creative Freedom Foundation’s first campaign is against a proposed law in New Zealand: Section 92 of the Copyright Amendment Act. S92 assumes ‘Guilt Upon Accusation’ – cutting off internet connections and websites based on accusations of Copyright infringement, without evidence or even a trial.
Foundation Co-Founder and Director, Bronwyn Holloway-Smith says:
The result of this law could be that one rogue employee or even one virus infected computer could bring down a whole organisation’s internet and it’s highly likely that schools, businesses, hospitals, and phone services will be harmed by this.
On 28 February 2009, S92 will come into effect in New Zealand if there is no positive action on the part of the Government to change it. To date the Government has shown support for the act and, unless there is major public protest against it, it will “roll over” in to law.
The other thing they might consider is accidentally filing complaints of copyright infringement against every corporate content provider in the country on the effective date of the law, if it goes into effect. Since everything is born copyrighted, the circumstances would be simple to arrange.