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National Party acted reasonably: Lawyer

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 11/05/2017

National Party lawyer Greg Arthur has told the Wellington High Court that it will be difficult to prove there was "flagrant" infringement of copyright laws.

Mr Arthur was summing up his case on Thursday as the National Party sought to prove there was no intention to use rapper Eminem's song Lose Yourself for a campaign video in the run up to the 2014 general election.

In previous cases, "reckless and outrageous" use of copyrighted music occurred, he said, but not in this instance.

Senior members of the National Party were told the Eminem-esque music to be used had a license, was safe and was suitable because it matched the rowing strokes in the campaign video, Mr Arthur said.

"Because of these assurances there were no copyright issues, no legal advice was sought. The National Party acted reasonably and it cannot be suggested they turned a blind eye."

Summing up will continue on Friday.

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