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Censor eyes ‘Global Mode’ internet access while advocacy group Internet NZ’s view is web access not illegal – Featured on NZHerald

Sat 8th Nov 2014

This week another shot was fired across our bow when Chief Censor claimed Global Mode may infringe on censorship issues.  Personally we feel that it’s unreasonable, it’s not the ISP’s role to censor YouTube, but ultimately our customer Slingshot came out saying – “We firmly believe there are no censorship laws broken when Kiwis access overseas content from New Zealand”

Slingshot has every right to offer customers back-door access to international websites, says an internet advocacy group that is “surprised and bemused” the country’s chief censor is considering bringing charges against the broadband provider.

InternetNZ, a non-profit organisation that seeks to foster internet use in this New Zealand, said it did not believe providers were responsible for what its customers did online.

InternetNZ chief executive Jordan Carter said this morning that CallPlus had every right to offer the service.

“The courts have not decided that the service is illegal,” he said.

Internet companies Slingshot and Orcon, both owned by CallPlus, offer a service that gives customers access to overseas movie and television websites, like Netflix, that are normally blocked to people in this country because of copyright arrangements.

Slingshot has every right to offer customers back-door access to international websites, says an internet advocacy group that is “surprised and bemused” the country’s chief censor is considering bringing charges against the broadband provider.

InternetNZ, a non-profit organisation that seeks to foster internet use in this New Zealand, said it did not believe providers were responsible for what its customers did online.

InternetNZ chief executive Jordan Carter said this morning that CallPlus had every right to offer the service.

“The courts have not decided that the service is illegal,” he said.

Internet companies Slingshot and Orcon, both owned by CallPlus, offer a service that gives customers access to overseas movie and television websites, like Netflix, that are normally blocked to people in this country because of copyright arrangements.

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