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New Zealand starts copyright from scratch

New Zealand has decided that trying to amend copyright for the digital age is like trying to adjust a horse’s carburetor. So, it’s going to start all over again.

That’s what we ought to do. Fresh piece of paper, a very big table, and an open bar. I don’t see any other way forward, really.

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5 Responses to “New Zealand starts copyright from scratch”

  1. Unfortunately it is not really possible for them to start from scratch. Copyright terms, scope, limits technical measures and so on are specified in treaties, from the Bern Convention to the WIPO treaties. NZ may not have ratified all of them (WIPO?), but they cannot afford to ignore (tremendous) pressure from the U.S., the E.U. and others. As was recently admitted in the case of ACTA (being secretly developed in conjunction with industry), limiting the ability of national governments to choose their own course is one of the purposes of treaties. Here in Canada there are reports the U.S. has told our government that if we want to work on trade across the border, we need to implement our own DMCA.

  2. I’m with Ripley:

    Ripley: I say we take off and nuke the entire copyright act from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.
    Hudson: Fuckin’ A…
    Burke: Ho-ho-hold on, hold on one second. This legislation has a substantial dollar value attached to it.
    Ripley: They can *bill* me.

    Abolish copyright. You know it makes sense.

    I daresay NZ won’t take this advice and will simply replace the deckchairs with plastic versions that are more resilient to subzero seawater..

  3. I can t agree more
    copyright is for copies

    we need a copy.and-paste right

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  5. let the fascist bastards bring it on.if it goes through it will be the start of the nz pirate party!!.arghh.
    you cant steal what you dont take and they cant have what i dont make!!!

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