On the Netsafe/RIANZ agreement
I wrote the following comment in response to this post on the Netsafe blog, regarding the agreement between Netsafe and RIANZ to carve out an exception to the three-strikes copyright legislation for schools.
My comment hasn't yet shown up there, so I'm archiving it here.
My concern isn’t that Netsafe is being incoherent, but that this will be used as a defense of a broken law in terms of “see, it’s not so bad.” Depending on copyright holders and their representatives (here, both complainant and judge) to be carving out and acknowledging exceptions is a bad bad look for the rule of law.
We shouldn’t be dependent on informal back-room deals for things that should be included in the law.