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InternetNZ welcomes decision on Copyright clause

Published: Mon 23 Feb 2009 04:55 PM
InternetNZ welcomes decision on faulty Copyright clause
InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc) welcomes the Government's decision to defer the commencement of Section 92A of the Copyright Act until March 27 and to suspend the Section if no agreement can be reached.
Section 92A relates to cutting off people's Internet accounts if they were alleged to be repeat copyright infringers.
InternetNZ Executive Director Keith Davidson says the need to delay the implementation of this unworkable section of the law has been clear for weeks.
"New Zealanders can breathe a sigh of relief that their Internet access is no longer under threat due to unproven allegations of copyright infringement. Section 92A still needs to be fully repealed. It is disproportionate and unfit for purpose. But this deferral is a good start.
"The highly visible blackout campaign organised by the Creative Freedom Foundation and its supporters has served to bring the issue into mainstream debates, and we applaud the efforts they have taken," Davidson says.
ENDS

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