Brendon Posted February 19, 2009 Report Share Posted February 19, 2009 British actor Stephen Fry has given a global highlight to a protest against a contentious New Zealand internet law due to come into effect next week. Fry used the international and increasingly powerful Twitter social network to attack the New Zealand law and support the Internet BlackOut protest. Fry is the global heavyweight of Twitter, with 200,000 active followers – more than any other, including US president Barack Obama. He has blacked out his Twitter photo avatar and changed his biography to read: "I'm blacked out: Stand up against "Guilt Upon Accusation" for New Zealand http://creativefreedom.org.nz/blackout.html The law at the centre of the furor is Section 92a, a proposed amendment to the country's copyright law, due to come into force on February 28th. The law instructs internet service providers that they "must adopt and reasonably implement a policy that provides for termination" of accounts used by anyone deemed a "repeat infringer" – regardless of whether the person has been convicted of a crime or not. The new law would mean internet service providers would have to take on the role of “gatekeeper”, blocking online access to anyone accused of flouting copyright laws and illegally downloading films and music. The law says ISPs – such as Telecom and Vodafone - must disconnect internet service to anyone "repeatedly accused" of accessing copyrighted material online. The BlackOut protest is the brainchild of a Kiwi organization called the Creative Freedom Foundation which is urging users to replace their avatars on all internet sites with a black box to illustrate what the internet could look like following the law change. Blacked out boxes have been appearing on social networking websites such as Twitter, Facebook, My Space and Bebo. Article HERE. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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