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Bro, I’m so excited. This is why I love my country.
Peter Jackson leads us through the sets of The Hobbit and shows us some of the start of shooting.
I’d like to take a break from scheduled programming to have a short rant about the internet legislation law that was just passed in New Zealand.
Basically, its fucking stupid.
Really, incredibly, idiotically stupid. Its completely unworkable, pointless, and it won’t do a damn bit of anything to stop piracy. Basically, I think it comes down to a complete non-understanding by the National Government of how file-sharing actually works. The bill allows copyright owners to request that people who repeatedly share protected material have their internet account suspended for 6 months.
First of all, having copyright holders put the onus on the ISPs is just freaking stupid. Why would an ISP want to cut off its own customers when they have done nothing to them?
Secondly, the Government passed this bill under urgency, which means they got to neatly avoid any chance for public discussion on the bill. Urgency is supposed to be used in emergencies, such as legislation relating to the Christchurch earthquake. Piracy has been around forever, and it ain’t going anywhere fast.
And thirdly, it just won’t work. I will be most surprised if it stops a single person from pirating anything. The way to reduce piracy is to use the technology available to make things available legally and for a fair price. A war against internet piracy is even more hopeless than a war against drugs.
To really get an appreciation for how little the government understands the issue, go to this link and watch the video where MP Jonathan Young compares the internet to Skynet.
Just wanted to share this link with everyone in New Zealand.
Terry Pratchett, the ridiculously super-awesome master of comedy fantasy, is coming to Auckland Thursday 14 April. Get your tickets here.
First 100 people to buy tickets get a chance to meet the great man himself. How fucking amazing is that?
I’ve got my tickets. How about you?