Tuesday, June 7, 2011

NZ MP votes for anti-piracy law hours after tweeting about her love of pirated music



A reader writes, 'In a beautiful twist of irony, 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 being rushed through parliament, she tweeted how pleased she was with a compilation of K-Pop songs a friend copied for her.'


Surprised by the call-out, Lee defended herself by saying that the songs were downloaded legally and paid for. But unfortunately for her that doesn't mean much. As the National Business Review points out, when a friend makes a copy of songs that were legally bought, the recipient of the 'gift' is still guilty of copyright infringement.

So it appears that Lee got her first strike already, and since the burden of proof is on the alleged infringer under the new legislation, it's up to her to prove that she's innocent. That's only fair, right?


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.

7 comments:

  1. she is so dumb, foreal

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  2. lolll people still pay for music? :0

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  3. Score for the free world!

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  4. "That would mean that even legislators who vote on copyright legislation don't fully grasp what they're doing"
    I am absolutely convinced that the legislators who vote on copyright legislation have no idea what they are voting on. Not only in New Zealand but also around the world. And their ignorance probably does not stop at copyright legislation.

    Thanks for sharing this

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