Colin Craig applies to appeal poem copyright lawsuit decision
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Colin Craig applies to appeal poem copyright lawsuit decision

Taxpayers Union founder Jordan Williams was also named in the lawsuit by Colin Craig. Former Conservative Party leader Colin Craig has served notice of his intent to appeal a judge’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit he took against a blogger for publishing a poem he wrote to his former secretary. At a December hearing at the Auckland District Court Judge Mary Beth Sharp threw out Craig’s efforts to seek damages for "unauthorised infringement" of alleged copyright interests in a poem he wrote entitled Two of Me. It was said to be part of an 11-page letter he wrote to ex-secretary Rachel MacGregor, containing several poems. Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater succeeded in a strike out application against Colin Craig’s claims. Judge Sharp made an oral judgment at the December hearing and has now released a formal decision, canvassing her reasons for the dismissal. That included her ruling that Craig’s proceeding was "vexatious" and that he had an "ulterior purpose". READ MORE : Colin Craig’s latest lawsuit thrown out; called vexatious Craig sought $5000 in damages plus $3000 for every month Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater had a copy of the poem on his blog, and also sought damages from […]

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