NZ Pol Tweets About Breaking Her Own Law

Melissa Lee votes for strict file-sharing law, tweets about listening to mixtape
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 20, 2011 8:02 AM CDT
"Breaking a law, whether it is actually assault on a person or an assault on a copyright, should be punished, not actually excused," Lee told parliament.   (Twitter)

(Newser) – This week's installment of "lawmakers ignoring their own laws" comes to you from New Zealand, which recently passed one of the world's strictest file-sharing laws. Melissa Lee voted for the "three-strikes" law, which says people can be fined up to $15,000 and lose Internet access if they are merely suspected of having illegally shared files. Opponents of the law were quick to point out that less than 24 hours before Lee made a speech supporting it, she tweeted about listening to a music compilation a friend had made for her, Gamma Squad notes.

Lee then displayed a poor understanding of the law she helped pass by insisting that the songs on the compilation were legally downloaded and paid for. Legal experts, however, say the compilation still falls foul of the new law, unless her friend obtained permission to distribute the tracks from every record label involved. A key feature of the new law is that an accused person has to prove their innocence, notes the National Business Review. (Read more copyright infringement stories.)

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