Copyright affects what you can do online. A couple of weeks ago we put up a video asking for your input:
Our comic below raises the same question - how can we develop a copyright law that works for NZ consumers and creative people?
Tell us what you think!
Text of comic strip
NZ: Person holding popcorn near couch and TV
“Alright! TV time”
Caption: Kiwis love watching films and TV as much as the rest of the world.
USA: People sitting on couch watching “Season 5, Episode 3”
Caption: We want to watch the same shows, at the same time as our friends on their 'O.E.s'
NZ: Person watching a “loading...” screen
Speech bubble: “Aww, Cmon!”
People at water cooler
Speech bubble: “Hey, did you see…”
Speech bubble: “Shut up!”
Caption: So why do we have to wait, plugging our ears at the water-cooler, avoiding social media for days, when we are perfectly willing to pay?
Person with hands over ears, TV screen reads “SPOILER”
Speech bubble: “Ahhh!”
Person at small shelf unit
Speech bubble: “Anything new?”
Caption: In New Zealand there are a number of channels where you can legitimately access online content.
Person in sunglasses holding US flag, dwarfed by huge sweeping shelves
Speech bubble: “Choice is choice!”
Caption: But why does a consumer in the US have more choice, when we are supposed to be paying for the same product?
Caption: This is because of geo-blocking. It's like going to the supermarket, loading up your trolley, then being told at the checkout you're not allowed to buy what you want, because you live in New Zealand.
Supermarket checkout. Person with trolley and checkout operator in police-style hat.
Checkout staff: “You shall not pass! With those bananas.”
Customer: “But England just went through?”
Checkout staff: “Only Kiwifruit for you!”
Caption: InternetNZ supports sensible copyright law that protcts content producers and allows consumers a fair choice.
Screen reading "latest release", bracketed on the left by a globe and on the right by a map of New Zealand. Both sides have people sitting on their local couches.
Caption: We want all Kiwis, both home and overseas, to be able to watch up-to-the-minute entertainment, media, and news. We have an opportunity coming up in the next Copyright Act Review to find a way that protects content producers and allows for digital innovation
Person addressing audience.
Speech bubble: “So what do you think? Join the conversation at InternetNZ.nz”
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