Labour's communications spokeswoman, Clare Curran, has taken her colleague Shane Jones to task for wading into her portfolio area and criticising a Green Party bill to allow exemptions to copyright for the sake of satire.
In the Weekend Herald, Mr Jones said Green MP Gareth Hughes' proposed bill to allow copyrighted work to be used for parody or satire was part of a "Green agenda" of economic vandalism and would endanger jobs by damaging companies' brands.
However, Ms Curran said she did not agree with Mr Jones and his comments were contrary to Labour's general policy on the issue.
She later told the Herald she had contacted Mr Jones.
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She said Mr Hughes' Copyright (Parody and Satire) Amendment Bill was in line with Labour's policy.
"From my perspective and our policy perspective, it's the mark of a civilised society to do so. So my view and our policy view are not in accord with Shane Jones' views. We will have a discussion with him when we get back [from the United States]."
Labour's caucus was yet to discuss the bill, but she would recommend the party support it if it was drawn from the member's ballot.