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Internet BlackOut - Join The Protest Against NZ Section92a

Wow, Stephen Fry, Leo Laporte, VodafoneNZ and many MANY more are changing their online icons to a black square in protest of the New Zealand Government bringing in Section 92a (my previous posts). The protest is being lead by two totally separate groups: and ... wait for it, Peter Dunne MP.

Here's the opening stanza from CreativeFreedom -


Join The New Zealand Internet Blackout to protest against the Guilt Upon Accusation law 'Section 92A' that calls for internet disconnection based on accusations of copyright infringement without a trial and without any evidence held up to court scrutiny. This is due to come into effect on February 28th unless immediate action is taken by the National Party.

Join thousands of New Zealanders already against this law by blacking out your Facebook photo, your websites, your Myspace pages, your Twitter account, in protest against this unjust new law that may come into effect on February 28.

Just use this image (Right-click, Save-As) with the text:
(your name) is blacked out: Stand up against "Guilt Upon Accusation" for New Zealand

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  1. Thanks for helping spread the word Mike.

    It was just on TV3 apparently... that's pretty good for like 12 hours since we launched it :)

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  3. it's all well and good to spread the word, but having a blacked out photo on a social media website is not going to change laws. That's just ridiculous.

    There are better things to do than to put up a black image on a site that no politician or lawmaker is going to see or care about. Like, mass letters to members of parliament and newspapers, organising campaigns to take to the streets, organising interviews on radio and tv.

    Anything but posting a blacked out photo. That's just like saying, "Hey, I don't like it, but I'm not prepared to actually do anything about it 'cause I'm too bloody lazy. But if I put this black image on my Facebook profile, people might think I care."


  4. @alan Hmm, maybe but writing just one letter to dictators also 'never makes a difference' until there are many many others. It's made the NZ "main media", being reported around the world (politivians do talk to other policiticians and word travels).

    It's also part of a campaign and not the only action.

    Oh, and there is a "march" to Parliament tomorrow.

    But, as they have (randomly) on the CreativeCommons site:
    "So many people tut and say "Someone should do something", but so few step forward and say "...and that someone is me" –Terry Pratchett


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