Kiwi MP caught out in copyright tweet

May 2011


It seems that a pro-copyright New Zealand parliament member, Melissa Lee, has been caught in a copyright quagmire. It turns out that just hours before she spoke out in support of the controversial new copyright law (the New Zealand version of the ‘three strikes’ law, see below) being rushed through parliament, she tweeted how pleased she was with a compilation of K-Pop songs a friend copied for her.

The New Zealand legislation is “more draconian than other countries”. With the potential for internet users  ‘suspected’ of sharing copyrighted material online three times losing their Internet access for six months, critics say that the new law also shifts the burden of proof to the alleged infringer who will need to prove their innocence

Torrentfreak commented “Although it’s easy to call Lee’s mistake out as hypocrisy, it might be even worse than that. What if she truly believes that copying a legally bought song for a friend is okay? That would mean that even legislators who vote on copyright legislation don’t fully grasp what they’re doing or as one blogger put it “The serious aspect to this story, apart from the cruel pleasure in watching someone stumble over the very thing that they are protesting about, is that if the legislators themselves are not fully aware of what the laws are supposed to be about, then what hope is there for the average citizen?”.

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