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By Steven | November 3, 2008

How ironic that ACT violated the Greens’ intellectual property rights by pinching their cute-kid photo. So much for the law-and-order party.

Still, I think this points up a gap in our law. Spoofs like this should be fair game, I think. The US has a fairly strong parody defence to copyright infringements. Australia has followed suit. NZ’s protection of parody and satire is weak and uncertain. I think our current law is probably inconsistent with the Bill of Rights Act.

As it happens, in September, the government announced a review on the protection of parody and satire in our copyright laws. About time.

Topics: Copyright, Electoral speech, NZ Bill of Rights Act | 2 Comments »

2 Responses to “Copywrongs”

  1. Graeme Edgeler Says:
    November 3rd, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    They are clearly different children.

    I suppose that could be photoshop, but they haven’t just pinched the Greens’ cute-kid photo.

  2. Steven Says:
    November 3rd, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    As they acknowledged on Radio NZ this morning, they’ve changed it.


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