Dylan Horrocks copyright blackout cartoon

Important message from global entertainment industry

Important message from global entertainment industry

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.

Thanks to @glynmoody for drawing my attention to this locally produced cartoon even if he is sitting on the other side of the world and to www.scoop.c o.nz for hosting the cartoon here.

And Juha Saarinen provides some context for NZ’s harsh new copyright law.