Monday, February 23, 2009

Section 92A reviewed

Great news. The minor inconvenience of a Black-out this morning has worked. Homepaddock has given us a heads-up that the coming-into-law of Section 92A of the Copyright Act has been delayed. The Herald carries the story, saying:

Prime Minister John Key has announced the controversial Section 92A law, which has been widely condemned by internet users, is to be delayed.

It will go on hold until March 27 while work is carried out on a voluntary code of practice.

If no solution is reached by then it will be suspended.

Earlier today political bloggers from all sides of the political fence took blogs down to protest Section 92A of the Copyright Act.

Thank goodness. We have a government that is prepared to concede that the law passed by the 48th Parliament was bad law, and do something about it. And it once again proves just what an effective lobby group the blogosphere has become.

And to celebrate, we have reverted to our pre-Blackout colour scheme!


heisenbug said...

The delay is a cop-out; he's probably waiting for all the fuss to die down and then they'll go on with business as usual (and the removal of a fundamental precept of Western justice - presumption of innocence). He shouldn't be delaying it pending a *voluntary* code of practice; he should be delaying it until a bill removing the appalling section from the law can be passed.

pdm said...

bug - if Key and Finlayson are running this I am sure the final outcome will be the right one for bloggers and everyone else affected.