Monday, May 03, 2010


The Commerce Committee has called for submissions on the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill. Two copies, by Thursday, 17 June 2010, to:

Commerce Committee Secretariat
Parliament Buildings
Or you can save paper and use the online form linked above.

The bill creates a three-strikes regime with disconnection from the internet as a possible penalty. This amounts to an active denial of citizenship, and in modern society, it is akin to cutting out our tongues - a clearly disproportionate penalty.

Submitting is easy, and select committees do pay attention. If you're not sure how to make a submission, Parliament has a handy guide in English and Maori here.