National MP Melissa Lee- All Sweetness and Light
National MP Melissa Lee spoke out strongly against illegal file-sharing this week, but does she practise what she preaches?
As the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment bill passed its third reading, Ms Lee told the House: “Breaking a law, whether it is actually assault on a person or an assault on a copyright, should be punished, not actually excused.” But earlier in the week, she said via Twitter that she was going to listen to a “compilation a friend did for me of K Pop” – South Korean pop music.
This was replied to by @christopherbull: “I really hope that compilation was all copyright cleared. Otherwise, you know, you’d be a glaring hypocrite.” Ms Lee said last night the compilation was made of songs that were legally downloaded and paid for. “I’m not a pirate. I have never downloaded anything illegally in my life.” Earlier she had told the House she did not even know how file-sharing through peer-to-peer systems worked.
National MP Tau Henare said he had illegally downloaded music, but others, including Attorney-General Chris Finlayson and Prime Minister John Key, denied it outright.