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 PostPost subject: Kiwi "three strikes" law countered with "Internet blackout"        Posted: Sun Feb 22, 2009 3:25 am 
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New Zealand's tough new graduated response law comes into effect February 28 and threatens to disconnect accused copyright infringers without any sort of judicial oversight or appeals process. The Creative Freedom Foundation is calling for an "Internet blackout" in protest.

Protestors were to show up with plain black placards, echoing the "Internet blackout" pushed by Creative Freedom. A "major web blackout" is scheduled for February 23, when people are encouraged to replace their site or blog page with a simple black page instead. The idea has already taken hold on Twitter, where the Twitterati have already taken to blacking out their avatar. Stephen Fry, the British actor with more than 211,000 (!) followers, has signed on to the campaign, replacing his bio with a black box.


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 PostPost subject: Re: Kiwi "three strikes" law countered with "Internet blackout"        Posted: Sun Feb 22, 2009 4:38 am 
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Pity it's unlikely to make any difference what so ever. The only thing likely to force a change of any decision like this would be hundreds of thousands of people canceling their internet subscription for a couple of months, which would financially cripple the service providers who thought it would be a great idea to let the media industries tell them what to do (be it via government). Now, as most people cannot go without their daily fix of Digg and/or Youtube, that's unlikely to happen. Simply stomping around with a black placard or changing your avatar is pretty lame and pointless.

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 PostPost subject: Re: Kiwi "three strikes" law countered with "Internet blackout"        Posted: Sun Feb 22, 2009 6:24 am 
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 PostPost subject: Re: Kiwi "three strikes" law countered with "Internet blackout"        Posted: Sun Feb 22, 2009 8:58 am 
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What if they painted their sheep 8-)

that's a lot of paint :lol:

Most likely not much will change but it does give them the power to do something if needed. For anything serious is going to happen to you because of downloading illegal stuff, they would still need decent amount of evidence to get you otherwise they would have to disconnect 90% of the internet users


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