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NZOSS has now published a Blog Aggregator so that people can see what NZOSS members and enthusiasts are up to in the way of FLOSS blogging.

My own 'Linux and Open Source' category is also reflecting there.

Good stuff to Francois and and Andrew for their work on this.

"You're Gay!" Accusation gets a students entire computer suite + IPod and Cellphone confiscated by Police.... because in part, he runs Linux.

Except they can't define Linux... they simply make reference to a 'non standard OS'.

They're trying to trace a person who anonymously sent an email to a mailing list accusing someone of being Gay.

O.M.G. world is ending!!! Talk about over-reaction and over-reaching...?!?

NBR (Among others) is reporting that Section 92A is to be dropped.

However the 'Replacement' will be of concern; one can only hope Government gets input from all relevant areas... not just a small group of biased rights-holders and their representatives.. !

However big kudos to all involved in petitioning the Government on this issue... it likely made all the difference.

[edit: demonstrating Geek FAIL. Clap. Clap. Clap.]

[more edit: NZOSS Press Release which I agree with also.]

Auckland District Law Society are urging caution as regards Section 92A.

Google are against..

United Video are at first glance, for the change. However if you read between the lines:

"I trust this submission helps shed some light on the rental industry in New
Zealand and the far reaching effects this legislation could have in either
supporting us if passed, or destroying us if it is quashed. The need
therefore for a code which is acceptable to all parties is imperative and hope
the ongoing dialogue between Rights Holders and ISP’s produces such a

So... whilst there's some definate application of the law that's of benefit to say, a Video rental outfit, they're actually looking for a code which is 'acceptable to all parties'. Perhaps United Video havn't noticed the objections by such a large number of parties... ?
Their message would appear to be quite confused in that stake. Or doesn't 'all parties' include artists and innocent members of the public clobbered by poorly written legislation?

Even more amusing was their earlier paragraph, describing themselves as "the gatekeepers of entertainment technology as it reaches the rental marketplace" and they "as being a real link between the producers ofthe product and the end consumer." (which makes me laugh/choke/cry).

Brendas Tally is quite telling in itself. is worth a look - especially the videos.

Currently pondering whether I can justify making one myself. ;-)

Indeed. For and Against Section 92A. Well done Matthew.

Some interesting tidbits...

The UK Government is Openly supporting Open Source, Open Standards and efficiency in Government IT.. Bloody brilliant. Where's our similar policies?

Meanwhile in France, they're going backwards: Wireless Hotspots to be allowed to surf 'whitelisted sites only'.

Good grief...

Even the Prime Minister has now suggested that the law may be thrown out. This after Yesterday's announcement that the implementation of the law was being put on hold for about a month.

This is a victory of sorts, for the Creative Freedom Foundation and to all those groups and individuals who've petitioned for a little sanity in the government.

However it's not done yet - and we're still dealing with FUD.

The tail end of the article above says: "19 of every 20 songs were being illegally downloaded."

Where's the stats to back that up?

Or are we back to making up numbers? I'd like to know how they assertain that.

I'd also like to give big ups to the Media who got this right... it's been alluded by some media agencies that the steps being taken here are to protect those who do 'pirate' media.
This is definately NOT the case.... the protest here is simply based on the 'guilt by accusation' aspect of the law. Most of us agree that Copyright needs to exist and be enforced where appropriate.. the issue is simply, how.

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