Cartoonist Dylan Horrocks protested against New Zealand’s S92A copyright law change in an appropriate way by drawing this copyright-free cartoon.
Horrocks is a cartoonist who depends on copyright for his livelihood. As a journalist I’m in exactly the same place.
One of the wisest things I learned from former colleague Jack Schofield was governments have a habit of enacting laws that result in the opposite effect to their intentions.
New Zealand’s poorly thought-out S92A is a classic example of this. Rather than strengthening New Zealand’s copyright law, it has further undermined the concept of copyright in this country.
That’s not a good thing.
And Juha Saarinen provides some context for NZ’s harsh new copyright law.