16 Mar 2009

ACT's Rodney Hide to seek Internet copyright repeal

2:16 pm on 16 March 2009

The ACT Party leader is to take a proposal to ministers seeking the repeal of a law change that enforces copyright on the Internet.

Section 92A of the Copyright Act was passed by the previous government, and requires Internet service providers to cut off users who download pirated material.

The Government has already moved to stall the implementation of the law while providers and copyright holders work on a voluntary agreement as to how the enforcement would work.

But Rodney Hide says the law should just be repealed. He says it is a "stupid law", which is fundamentally flawed because it breaches the principles of natural justice by considering people guilty without trial.