Protesters block off Queen Street

VICTORIA ROBINSON
Last updated 13:04 27/08/2011

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Protestors demonstrating against new internet copyright laws blocked off Auckland's Queen St today.

Police said about 60 protestors turned up and sat in the intersection of Wellesley and Queen streets in the central city after midday.

The group was orderly and moved on quickly when police arrived.

No arrests were made.

The protestors were demonstrating against the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill, which comes into force on Thursday.

The bill makes downloading copyright-protected material punishable by fines of up to $15,000, with copyright holders able to alert internet service providers to any breaches.

The protestors are from a group called New Zealand Internet Freedom Collective (NZIFC).

The group's spokesman, James Roberts, says the law will be ineffective and infringes on the rights of New Zealanders.

"We do not want innocent New Zealanders criminalised by a law that will not stop the major illegal music and movie pirates actions who can easily avoid detection.

"We are also outraged that this law was rushed through Parliament under the urgency laws brought in to deal with the Christchurch earthquake."

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