New Zealand goes all black over filesharing laws

Users of social networking sites are being encouraged to replace their profile pictures with a black square in protest against new laws against illegal filesharing in New Zealand. The Kiwi government is set to pass an act which will eventually lead to ISPs disconnecting copyright infringers.

The move has spawned a protest movement spearheaded by the group Creative Freedom which claims that the law is tantamount to spying. In protest they have asked internet users to take part in "The New Zealand Internet Blackout" and change their profile pictures to black squares.

Among those to show their solidarity have been comedian, writer and all round nice guy Stephen Fry who has removed the profile picture from his Twitter account.

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