Monday, 23 February 2009

Sec 92a - sent to the sin bin - result!!!!

It has just been reported that the New Zealand Cabinet met today and discussed the Copyright (New Technologies) Amendment Act and the implementation of S.92A, which was due to come into force on 28th February.

Nat Torkington was at the press briefing and has reported via Twitter that the NZ government has delayed the implementation of S.92A until 29th March. Press releases are on the way.

If both parties to the TCF voluntary code of practice for ISP's do not reach agreement by that date the government has indicated its willingness to suspend that section.

Brilliant News
This is a brilliant piece of news - and a total victory for common sense - now its down to all the parties to sort something out so that it is fair for all parties.

In the meantime - everyone who got involved in the campaign gets to taste the sweet taste of a political result.

NZ National Government
On that note - the NZ National government needs its own acknowledgment - from memory, this is the first time since they took power that they have faced a major lobby. It would have been all too easy for them to pull in their horns and ride it out, especially as most of the lobby was coming from web activists.

They didn't - it took them a moment to realise the sophistication of the lobby voice - but when they did, they listened - and then they acted. I think that deserves its own round of applause.

Last but not least - you have to give it up to the Creative Freedom Foundation - they played a blinder.

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