Yesterday’s Cabinet decision to delay implementing the outrageous Section 92A of the Copyright Act has been welcomed by some:
New Zealanders can breathe a sigh of relief that their Internet access is no longer under threat due to unproven allegations of copyright infringement. Section 92A still needs to be fully repealed. It is disproportionate and unfit for purpose. But this deferral is a good start.
I’m less optimistic about this
good start. The Government has simply delayed that which they should have scrapped.
The legislation says that users may be disconnected for an alleged copyright infringement. If a crime has been committed then it should be handled through the legal system. If guilt is proven then a proportionate punishment should be applied.
Section 92A is inappropriate on both counts.