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FC: New Zealand official responds to video game cens

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Date:          Tue, 06 Jul 1999 17:27:11 -0400
From:          Declan McCullagh <>
Subject:       FC: New Zealand official responds to video game censoring probs


From: Andrew McCallum <>
To: "''" <>
Subject: RE: The problems of being a video game censor nowadays
Date: Wed, 7 Jul 1999 08:30:58 +1200

Actually New Zealand (unlike Australia) has very sensible and liberal
censorship laws  that are technology neutral. Hence they apply
irrespective of the medium of publication. That's why computer games
are an issue. The law in New Zealand also applies automatically to
material on the Internet hosted *within* New Zealand. There was some
moves a few years ago to try and restrict access to material on the
Internet hosted *outside* New Zealand, but common sense prevailed.
More information on New Zealand censorship laws can be found at:  


Andrew McCallum, Policy Analyst
IT Policy Group, Ministry of Commerce, PO Box 1473 
Wellington, New Zealand
Phone +64 4 474 2752  Fax  +64 4 471 2658


>From: Ed_J._Black/
>Date: Tue, 6 Jul 1999 13:48:30 -0400
>Subject: Re: FC: Yahoo's competitors lure GeoCities refugees
>This shows how dynamicly a truely open market can react, when a perceived
>abusive practice is foisted upon it.
>How different than the way a monopoly market reacts, as witnessed in the
>way company after company, and millions of consumers had to buckle under to
>Mega[sic]soft's demands.  This is why many real believers in the free
>market defend a limited referee role for government in antitrust.


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