CFF announce Internet Blackout against Guilt Upon Accusation laws

Today the Creative Freedom Foundation announced a nation-wide Internet Blackout Campaign against Guilt Upon Accusation laws in NZ.

The blackout, taking place from 16-23 March, is a reaction to Section 92A of the Copyright Amendment Act, due to come into effect in NZ on February 28 unless the Government suspends or repeals the law.

The blackout has already drawn international support: world renowned actor, comedian and author Stephen Fry has blacked out his twitter profile stating that “Stephen Fry is blacked out: Stand up against Guilt Upon Accusation for New Zealand”

The movement is rapidly growing, with thousands of people in New Zealand modifying their websites, blogs, FaceBook, MySpace, Twitter and Bebo accounts to show their opposition to the law. Instructions on how to take part in the blackout can be found at: http://creativefreedom.org.nz/blackout.html

The blackout is part of a week of action against S92. A S92 song remix challenge will be announced tomorrow, and various other initiatives including video commercials and radio broadcasts will follow.

The week will culminate in a major web blackout on Monday the 23rd seeing blogs and websites “dimming the lights” as a means of drawing attention to the issue that could leave New Zealander's in the dark when they face having their internet cut off. Hundreds of confirmed participants include Kiwiblog, Zoomin and Public Address with more to be announced over the coming week.

Over 5600 people, including over 2700 artists, have signed the Creative Freedom Foundation's petition against Guilt Upon Accusation laws in NZ at http://CreativeFreedom.org.nz