NZ Government throws out section 92A

Posted in: Government & Policy at 24/03/2009 06:21

Cabinet today announced that section 92A of the Copyright Act will not come into force on 27 March as scheduled, but will be amended to address "areas of concern", says commerce minister Simon Power.

The clause requires ISPs to have a policy of disconnection in place for repeat infringers of copyright online.

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"Section 92a is not going to come into force as originally written. We have now asked the minister of commerce to start work on a replacement section," Prime Minister John Key said.

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