How you get disconnected

Check out the stupid process for disconnection under New Zealand’s copyright legislation our inept lawmakers passed….and we should trust them on Electoral reform? …I think not.

Juha writes at Boing Boing:

New Zealand’s new copyright law provides for Internet disconnection for anyone whose Internet connection has been used by someone (or several someoneones) who are accused of three acts of copyright infringement. While the UN has condemned this law as disproportionate and disrespectful of human rights, its proponents often talk of its “simplicity” as a virtue (as in, “well, anyone who thinks about infringing copyright will be able to understand this: you download, you lose your network connection”).

But as this three-page flowchart from the Telecommunications Carriers’ Forum demonstrates, the process of disconnection is so ramified and baroque that it requires deep study just to get your head around, and easily answering questions like, “How do I appeal this?” is anything but simple.

This is just one image of three.

Rick Shera has posted all of them.


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  • thor42

    Yeah, the law does sound pretty hard-hitting.

    I find it **ridiculous** that the duration of copyright here is “the life of the author plus 50 years”. That even applies to **software!** Here’s the relevant table –'_copyright_length

    I strongly believe that (at least for software), a term of twenty years would be sufficient. The software should then be released to the public domain.
    Take Windows 95, for example. It was released on 24th August 1995, and has been unsupported since 31st December 2001. It is now almost 16 years old. If it were to be released as “public domain” in (say) four years time, I think Microsoft would be hard-pressed to show that it would suffer any adverse affects as a result. If the source code for it were released as P.D., it could be an interesting resource for OS developers.

  • @thor42: you don’t quite understand, do you? Windows 7 still has DOS code, Windows 1, 2, 3 code, Windows 95 code… etc. For example – Windows 7 can read a floppy disk. Do you really think that basic “access a floppy, read a sector” code changed since DOS?

  • abjv

    Copying files around yesterday – Windows 7 64-bit server – got a pop-up error message “A MS-DOS error has occurred”. Windows Explorer then locked up the next time it was used. Yes, behind all that lipstick one still finds the pig.