If you care about having internet, now is not the time for apathy.
I wouldn’t normally do this, but this is important.
New Zealanders: watch out. On Feb 28th, a law will be introduced that will allow copyright holders to accuse anyone without any evidence of copyright infringement, and the accused will automatically be assumed guilty and have their internet cut off. I am not even kidding (sadly). Now, before you assume you’re safe because you’ve never downloaded anything illegally, remember that you don’t have to do anything wrong to be able to be accused, and punished for it. Also, as the creative freedom website rightly points out, you may unknowingly have a virus which downloads things for you without your knowledge. Or you could legally download a file from a website which happens to supply illegally uploaded material – and you can’t be expected to check every file on a website. There is no period where you can defend yourself, or prove your innocence (which no one should have to do). You are assumed guilty upon accusation.
I think I’ve done pretty well so far without swearing or using capital letters and lots of exclamation marks. Maybe I’m still numb. I has heard whisperings of this a while ago, but thought: “No way. This is so far beyond ridiculous, I don’t have to worry.” Now, though? I’m pissed off. And I’m going to do something about it. While Creative Freedom is pissed off in the name of artists, I think everyone should be pissed off full stop. The government (*snort*) needs to know that, and prevent an abhorrent, embarrassing law from actually being passed. While illegal downloading is a problem, this is not the solution, it’s just another bigger, far more insidious problem, particularly in a country so heavily reliant on the net for day to day life.
Contact NZ Members of Parliament (listed by portfolio here) or contact anyone you know is willing to write about it in the media – everyone deserves to know about this, certainly anyone who uses the internet!