section 92A

So far, plain sailing for new-look S92

Fri 17 Jul 1

Lobbyists on both sides have offered only guarded criticism of Simon Power’s reworked version of the controversial anti-pirate clause.

Some say due process isn't enough, and want account termination taken off the table altogether. Copyright holders are lobbying for it to stay. But in constrast to the highly-charged tone of arguments over the original clause, the renewed debate is mostly moderate, and constructive. An emotive stand-off has been defused.

Hollywood to NZ govt: stick to your guns on terminating pirates

Wed 17 Jun 16

NZFact, representing the major Hollywood studios, has warned the New Zealand government not to follow France, where a court recently struck down a copyright law provision that allowed infringers to have their internet accounts cut off.

Yesterday the lobby group, whose members include Walt Disney Studios, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, Universal Films and Warner Bros., said it supported the French President Nicholas Sarkozy’s decision or reintroduce copyright legislation to the French parliament.

Section 92A to be scrapped

Mon 23 Mar 54

Prime Minister John Key has announced the government will throw out the controversial Section 92A of the Copyright Amendment (New Technologies) Act and start again.

Commerce and justice minister Simon Power will now meet with officials and rewrite Section 92A (S92) of the Act from the ground up.

"Section 92a is not going to come into force as originally written. We have now asked the minister of commerce to start work on a replacement section," the prime minister said.

No timeframe has been set for amending S92.

Google piles into S92

Mon 16 Mar

Stepping into local political debate for the first time, the search giant makes a submission on the draft ISP code of practice – and it doesn’t hold back, citing a rash of bogus copyright claims it has received in the US.

Government calls delay on S92

Mon 23 Feb 32

THE NEW FACE OF PUBLIC POLICY: Anti-S92 "black-out" protesters lobby the government. Don't knock it; it worked.

Score one for the black-out brigade: The government is to delay implementation of the controversial Section 92A of the Copyright Amendment (New Technologies Act) due to come into force February 28.

Section 92A: the business opportunity

Fri 20 Feb 3

Natcom has launched a $59.95/month service that lets a company block staff from accessing specific websites. The company says relying on inhouse IT staff to track users, to comply with S92, would be like "letting the rabbits guard the lettuce”.

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