Yep, we're flippin' anarchists aren't we! There will be no new content on Keeping Stock today, Monday 23 February 2009 during the hours of daylight. We, like many of our kindred blogs are blacked out in opposition to the guilt by association law. We do not support of breaches of copyright. Our protest is aimed at section 92a and 92c of the Copyright Ammendment Act which are bad law and which will come in to force next Saturday February 28 unless the government acts. Have a read of what follows:
From the Creative Freedom Foundation website:
NZ Political Bloggers To Blackout Websites 23 Feb in S92A Protest.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
On Monday morning bloggers from across the political spectrum will be taking their blogs down in an “Internet Blackout” to protest the coming into force on the 28th of S92A of the Copyright Act.
Scores and scores of bloggers will be taking part, including Public Address, Scoop, Kiwiblog, Keeping Stock, The Standard, No Right Turn, Frog Blog, Whale Oil, Not PC, No Minister, Just Left, The Hand Mirror, Roar Prawn, Policy Net, Kiwi Politico etc etc. Supporters of almost every political party are taking part – National, Labour, Greens, ACT, Alliance, and Libertarianz,
To say we represent a diverse range of views is putting it mildly. Normally we disagree on everything. Even e=mc^2 can be regarded as a highly debatable proposition on our blogs.
So for us to all unite together, from across the political spectrum, to condemn S92A of the Copyright Act should send a signal asto how bad the law is. A law which can see people lose their Internet access on the basis of unproven allegations should have no place in the New Zealand statute books.
We don’t care who voted for the law in the first place. We just want it stopped. We call on either Parliament to repeal that section or for the Government to delay it from coming into force on 28 February.
The normal content on our blogs will be made inaccessible on Monday morning, and our blogs will refer people to the online petition organized by the Creative Freedom Foundation.
In addition to these political blogs, thousands of other websites including Scoop News, PublicAddress.Net, Throng, GeekZone, and Street Talk are also joining the Internet Blackout.
For more information please contact:Bronwyn Holloway-Smith,
Director, Creative Freedom Foundation
+ 64 21 1075747
ABOUT THE CREATIVE FREEDOM FOUNDATION
The Creative Freedom Foundation was founded in 2008 by artists and technologists Bronwyn Holloway-Smith and Matthew Holloway in response to changes in copyright law and the effect these changesare having on creativity, the economy, and public rights. The CFF represent thousands of New Zealand artists including musicians, film makers, visual artists, designers, writers, & performers .
Yep. We oppose this law. This bad law. This stupid law. And unless the government votes at Cabinet today to defer the coming-into-law of Section 92A, this is all you'll see on Keeping Stock today. See you on Tuesday ...