Feeds

Earthquake emergency drives Kiwi copyright bill

Three strikes and your city gets reconstructed?

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications

The New Zealand government has outraged internet users by rushing through a new anti-P2P copyright bill under cover of an emergency session of Parliament.

Parliament had been called to deal with the country's Christchurch earthquake. During the session, it also pushed through its file-sharing bill under an "urgency" motion. The bill puts into place a "three strikes" policy to end unauthorised file-sharing on P2P networks.

Penalties for ignoring a warning to cease unauthorised file sharing include termination of internet accounts (under a Cabinet order), and fines of up to $15,000.

The government argues that escalating disconnection to Cabinet level provides greater protection for individuals than laws previously mooted, since Cabinet can't be expected to consider every complaint from the content industries.

The process will be administered by NZ's Copyright Tribunal, which currently has three part-time members.

In one of the most hilarious examples of URL editorialising ever seen, NZ publication Stuff (URL NSFW) called the decision "totally f***ed".

Even moderate and usually fairly neutral individuals have expressed outrage at the bill. Paul Brislen, CEO of telecom user group TUANZ, quoted from the Vendetta movie trailer that "people should not fear governments – governments should fear the people". ®

Application security programs and practises

More from The Register

next story
Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network
'Prevent people that are passing by to hook up to your network', pleads plod
Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them
It's almost as though pr0n was actually rather popular
UK government officially adopts Open Document Format
Microsoft insurgency fails, earns snarky remark from UK digital services head
HP, Microsoft prove it again: Big Business doesn't create jobs
SMEs get lip service - what they need is dinner at the Club
ITC: Seagate and LSI can infringe Realtek patents because Realtek isn't in the US
Land of the (get off scot) free, when it's a foreign owner
MPs wave through Blighty's 'EMERGENCY' surveillance laws
Only 49 politcos voted against DRIP bill
EU's top data cops to meet Google, Microsoft et al over 'right to be forgotten'
Plan to hammer out 'coherent' guidelines. Good luck chaps!
prev story

Whitepapers

Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.