I thought the NZ government had gone pretty far down the nutso legislation road with our incompetent Copyright protection laws, but this takes the cake. Banned hyperlinks could cost you $11,000 a day.
Wikileaks was added to the blacklist for publishing a leaked document containing Denmark's list of banned websites.
The move by the Australian Communications and Media Authority comes after it threatened the host of online broadband discussion forum Whirlpool last week with a $11,000-a-day fine over a link published in its forum to another page blacklisted by ACMA - an anti-abortion website.
- Is there now a global compact among nations now to co-ordinate their blacklists? What business does Australia have blacklisting denmarks' blacklist/ What POSSIBLE difference could it make?
- Anti-abortionists may be misinformed and some advocate violence against women who have abortions and their practitioners. Here's the news, rational people want to know who these advocates are. Hiding them is the worst possible disservice to informed debate.
- Big one. How in hell am I suppsoed to know whether i am linking to a banned website if I can't LOOK IT UP. Oh wait, some bureacratic snoop will TELL me.
- Does publishing the URL of the banned site constitute LINKING to it? don't ask, tese bunnies wont know what you are talking about.
NEVER permit bureaucrats to make decisions about our freedoms.