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7:30 am, September 29th, 2018 - 37 comments
Categories: Abuse of power, Media, national, Politics, same old national, Simon Bridges, social media lolz, the praiseworthy and the pitiful, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags: chris bishop
National seems to have a major problem respecting the property rights of music copyright holders.
There was the great John Key rip off in 2007 when he put out a DVD that had music that sounded suspiciously like Coldplay’s Clocks.
There was 2014 when National used Eminem’s song “Lose yourself” as part of their campaign. They won the election but lost the court case. If only this had been reversed.
Then in 2017 they
stole borrowed heavily off Bob Dylan for their last campaign theme.
Each of these incidences involved the use of saccharine loaded songs that resembled the real thing. National was not that stupid as to use the original song.
From Tom Dillane and David Fisher at the Herald:
Move over James Corden and Adele, there are some new carpool karaoke divas on the scene in the form of National leader Simon Bridges and MP Chris Bishop – but the promotional stunt may land them in legal strife.
Dashcam footage of the National Party colleagues driving to Parliament was uploaded to Simon Bridges’ Facebook page on Wednesday, and it provides a brief insight into the musical tastes of the pair.
But, the video intended to showcase more of the personal side of the senior National MPs may land their Party in copyright hot water, as a string of famous tunes are played through the stereo of Bishop’s fully electric Nissan LEAF.
Within the three minute clip, songs from music industry heavyweights Elton John, Pearl Jam and Franz Ferdinand are played.
When contacted by the Herald today, National’s chief press secretary Michael Fox said they had now taken down the video as a “precaution”.
“Our view is the songs were covered under the fair use and incidental use provisions in the Copyright Act because the music was being played in the background and only for the purposes of review,” Fox said.
But Copyright lawyer Kevin Glover said there was no such thing as a “fair use” defence in New Zealand and the more appropriate defences would be “incidental copying” or “fair dealing”.
Glover said the music – chosen by Bridges – appeared to have been deliberately included in the recording so would not meet the standard for “incidental copying”.
Glover said the “fair dealing” defence could apply, as it allowed exceptions for those who were offering a critique or review of music, so as to allow short excerpts and commentary about the music.
“The risk on this is, I suppose, they are not talking about the merits of the music but their memories,” Glover said.
The overwhelming impression is two middle aged guys just reliving their youth and engaging in some copyright infringement at the same time. And it is topped off with the fake drumming. Fake songs, fake drumming, fake party.
National’s social media really sucks right now. Where is Crosby Textor when they need them?