Content Blackout: Blogger Protest against New Zealand’s Section 92A
Edit (2.23.09): The Enactment of Section 92 has now been put off until March 27. If no agreement is made by then the law will be scuttled.
You may wonder: Why does a small-time U.S. food blogger care about New Zealand Law? The move is largely symbolic in my case.
- Although I am primarily a food/photography blogger, I am an Information Professional by trade. Information Policy is one of my interests.
- I am not a fan of the state copyright is in… in the U.S. and elsewhere. I care about balance in copyright.
- I believe in due process per the 5th and 14th Amendments of the U.S. Constitution. A law like this, if applied here, would take that away in cases of alleged infringement.
- I wouldn’t put it past lobbyists to propose such a law in the U.S.; the RIAA/MPAA already wants ISPs to serve as content cops.
If you know any New Zealanders, feel free to pass this along with impunity, though…
Content will be back up (out of private post mode) before I sleep on Monday Night (US Eastern Time).