Kiwi politician reveals double standard on copyright law

Yesterday New Zealand enacted one of the most draconian anti-P2P laws in the world, but one of the politicians that voted for it clearly did not have a clue what she was passing.

MP Melissa Lee, once ranked as one oft the world’s most beautiful politicians, voted for the new three strikes law which would drag people into a quango court if the Big Conent industry thinks they have been downloading files.

It was a great day in the Beehive (New Zealand’s parliament) for Big Content because it no longer has to prove that someone is pirating content, it just has to claim it.

Lee was jolly enthusiastic, speaking in favour of the law which can be seen here:


But can this be the same Lee who the night before tweeted:

“Ok. Shower… Reading … And then bed! listening to a compilation a friend did for me of K Pop. Fab. Thanks Jay.”

K Pop has been doing rather well thanks to P2P sharing in Korea, and it seems Jay was sharing illegal files with Lee.

In other words, Lee is happy to infringe on copyright when she gets to listen to her music. And she knows that infringement helped get artists attention and build up things like the Korean Wave of successful musicians, yet thinks New Zealand still needs to pass archaic copyright laws to demonise it.

Under the law, that Lee demanded passed, Big Content would have more evidence that it usually requires that she was stealing music files and she would receive her first strike. The way New Zealand is going with this, she would be the first person to be crucified at every cross roads along State Highway One, between Wellington to Auckland. We wonder if the country has enough State Forrest to make the number of crosses, when even politicians break the law.