New Zealand Libraries Considering Shutting Off Public Internet Access To Avoid Three Strikes Law
from the nicely-done dept
We already saw just how confused about the basics New Zealand politicians were before rushing through a poorly thought-out, US-driven copyright law change that put in place a “three strikes” provision. And, now, some of the consequences are becoming clear. While various librarians insist they made this issue known to elected officials, the law makes no exception for operations like a library. That is, if three people in a library use the internet connection there for infringing purposes, the entire library may lose its internet access.
Thus, in order to preserve internet access for those who work at the library, many New Zealand libraries are considering turning off internet access for the public (via TorrentFreak. This is a ridiculous and unfortunate result, but it’s what happens when you have politicians making decisions based on economic and technological cluelessness, driven by specific lobbying interests.