Copyright changes proposed by a member of the Green Party could destroy jobs and is “piss-taking” business, says Labour’s Shane Jones.
It is the latest swipe Jones has taken at the Greens after MP Gareth Hughes voiced support for a Greenpeace spoof of a Sealord television advertisement.
The mock advert – released online – was dubbed over a Sealord television commercial and criticised what Greenpeace believed were harmful fishing practices.
Jones, a former Sealord chairman, called it a step too far, and likened it to economic vandalism at a time when jobs were scarce.
Not content to let the issue die, Jones has now taken aim at changes to copyright law tabled by Hughes, calling them a vehicle for the “Green agenda” to continue “piss-taking” business.
Hughes’ amendments aim to widen the interpretation of existing laws in favour of those wishing to parody or satirise copyrighted work.
Hughes told the Weekend Herald that satire and parody were not covered under current laws and said the changes would bring New Zealand in line with other countries.
It’s nice to see that Shane Jones still takes a casual interest in New Zealand politics. Bit of a shame the only thing that motivates him is his passionate hatred of Labour’s largest viable coalition partner, and not, say, National Party policy. But after four years of total silence on all of his portfolio areas, his vehement opposition to a satirical ad parodying a company he used to chair, and that paid him $10,000 during the last election campaign is a deft way to remind us all what Jones stands for.