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Fans use Twitter, Facebook and MySpace to protest against copyright law

New Zealand law will give authorities power to cut internet connections

Music fans worldwide are using Twitter, Facebook and MySpace to protest against a new New Zealand law that could mean users who illegally download music internet see their connections severed.

Under the "Guilt Upon Application" law, which could come into force from February 28, New Zealand internet users accused of copyright infringement can have their internet connections cut legally without a trial.

Now The Creative Freedom Foundation, which campaigns and lobbys on copyright issues with regard to artistry including music, has launched a campaign to attempt to make the New Zealand government withdraw the law.

Internet users worldwide have been changing their profile pictures on various social networking sites including Twitter, Facebook and MySpace to a plain black picture as a mark of their protest against the law.

Instructions and information about the protest are available at Creativefreedom.org.nz.

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