Child porn threat used to push S92A

Student newspaper busts video chain petition

Waikato University's weekly Student Union magazine Nexus reports that United Video and other video rental stores in Hamilton are using the threat of child pornography to get customers to sign a petition in favour of Section 92A of New Zealand's new copyright law. Section 92A of the Copyright (New Technologies) Amendment Act requires ISPs to terminate the accounts of people accused of persistent copyright infringement. Nexus claims that staff at United Video in Dinsdale were overheard telling customers that the petition was about stopping child porn. The magazine says the store manager confirmed that this was the purpose, when asked to clarify the petition. The petition, carrying the logos of United Video, Blockbuster, NZ FACT, Civic Video and Video Ezy, is addressed to minister of justice and commerce Simon Power, and reads: “I agree that the copyright holders have the right to protect their created works. Given that the internet is now the major source of piracy in New Zealand I also agree that ISPs should accept appropriate responsibility by agreeing to terminate the internet accounts of persistent infringers of copyright law, where there is sufficient evidence proving these infringements.” Nexus reports video chain management and New Zealand Federation Against Copyright Theft (NZ FACT) executive director Tony Eaton saying an email has been issued to correct staff about the purpose of the Act.

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