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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > New Zealand MP Caught Infringing

New Zealand MP Caught Infringing

New Zealand MP Caught Infringing

Added: Monday, April 25th, 2011
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
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Ironically enough, New Zealand MP was caught violating copyright. As it appeared, merely a couple hours before vocally supporting the controversial copyright legislation, Melissa Lee tweeted how she liked a compilation of K-Pop songs that had been copied for her by a friend.

As you might remember, the country’s government rushed through the new “three-strike” legislation. The new law stipulates that after being alleged of sharing copyrighted content on the Internet 3 times, an individual may face fines and even be disconnected from the Internet for 6 months. It was quite a surprise for many that the bill was brought up again last week despite the fact that it was previously delayed due to massive opposition. Now there was actually no room for protest, as the Bill passed in just a few hours.

But sometimes it happens that while the politicians are deciding on copyright-related issues, their own actions related to copyright fall into the light of careful scrutiny. This scrutiny may reveal some awkward situations like the one that occurred to MP Melissa a few days ago.

A few hours before speaking out in support of the controversial legislation designed to protect the rights owners, the MP tweeted that she was very pleased with a compilation of K-Pop songs which her friend had copied for her! So, despite condemning nowadays young people lacking respect for copyright, the MP herself infringes on the rights of a number of K-Pop artists. Indeed, making a music compilation and passing it over to friends is prohibited under the country’s copyright legislation.

Taken by surprise, the MP tried to defend herself, arguing that the music was downloaded legally and paid for. However, according to the National Business Review, this doesn’t change anything: even if a friend has copied the songs that were legally purchased, the recipient of the compilation would still be guilty of copyright violation. In other words, Melissa Lee has already got her first strike, and it is only up to her to prove that she is innocent, according to new law. However, that’s not just about accusing the MPs of mistakes – we all make them. But this example proves that even legislators voting on copyright law do not fully realize what they are doing. Indeed, Lee truly believes that it is absolutely legal to share content with a friend, while it is not!

April 25th,2011

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Date:  Monday, April 25th, 2011

Comments (7) (please add your comment »)

posted by Blocked (2011-04-25 14:25:48)
Crashman_123 avatarThe general rule that seems to happen EVERYWHERE is Politician=Clueless.
This is just another example of a politician voting for something he/she has no clue about but the rest of us have to live with.

posted by ET loverSuperman (2011-04-25 15:13:33)
tonymengela avatarThis is a perfect example of what we think is democracy. The people were against the law yet it gets passed? How is this democracy?

posted by (2011-04-25 16:18:32)
nobs68 avatarThere is no such thing as DEMOCRACY.
Democracy - government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.
So in the definition what government sticks to its meaning. Not one well maybe Sweden. The rest are in for themselves never its people.

posted by Sun (2011-04-25 17:25:08)
No avatarTypical of members of parliament, I don't know why we even vote them in as they probably know less than us about life in general, most have been bought up with a silver tea spoon in there mouth,
All they are interested is keeping up appearances but wouldn't know what they are voting for half the time.
The internet is new and there is no way governments are going to stop others downloading music or movies as there is always a better programmer that will always come up with another way for downloading,

posted by (2011-04-26 02:25:46)
No avatarI can't comment on New Zealand government, but what strikes me is the you have to prove you are innocent that's some bs. So any company can just claim somebody is sharing files, and then get their net taking away. That simply isn't right.

With nobs and jack said that's 100x right (specially in america). But when you keep electing politicians you're gonna get a government that simply only cares about politics and how it works in their favor.

I would love to see actual working people get elected for offices. But that won't ever happen they don't have the cash needed to take any real offices that matter.

posted by (2011-04-26 06:49:30)
Bridgeburner avatarJackatwo has it right....

Check this for a mashup of how stupid our politicians are in debating this legislation - I felt stupider having watched this:

http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJdPkrpFXBM

Unfortunately, New Zealand has an MMP electoral system which means some politicians get into government based on voting for their Party (not voting for them as individuals). Stupidity is no barrier to office it seems...

Apologies if the link doesn't come thru ok.

posted by (2011-04-26 16:04:34)
TheFearAgenda avatarI actually LOL'd at this. It shows she had no idea all the details of this legislation they pushed through. "Wait what? You can't hit your friend with a mixtape anymore?" C'mon people. We have a lot of other things that really need to be looked at. There are people hungry and dying out on the streets. But we are worried about if we are infringing on someones copyright laws. Shut up! If you make something worth buying, I'll buy it. If you make mediocre crap, no deal. I'll preview it and delete it. I'll save that money I would have wasted on your sh**ty music/movie and give it to a shelter or the guy going through my garbage. WAKE UP!

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