'Abuse of process' - judge tosses out Colin Craig's copyright claim over Two of Me poem

A judge has bluntly thrown out Colin Craig's civil claim for breach of copyright over a poem he sent to his former press secretary Rachel MacGregor.

The details had been suppressed until now and according to the Human Rights Review report the breaches were "deliberate, egregious and repeated". Source: 1 NEWS

In the Auckland District Court Judge Mary Elizabeth Sharp said even if Mr Craig, the former leader of the Conservative Party, had potentially won the case it still would've been a "pyrrhic victory" and a "complete waste of court time and public money".

Mr Craig took the action against Taxpayers' Union director Jordan Williams and Social Media Consultants – the company which is owned by Whaleoil blogger Cameron Slater – for the poem entitled Two of Me.

It appeared on the blog in 2015, kicking off Mr Craig's fall from grace.

It was also a feature of the recent defamation case which Mr Craig lost against Mr Williams.

The two stanza ditty went:

There is only one of me, it's true

But I wish this were not the case, because I wish I could have you

If instead one man I was two

That would be one for all the other and one of me for you.

Mr Craig sought revenue generated from the blog, plus $3000 for copyright breach as well as damages.

He also sought an order to permanently injunct the publishing of the poem as well as any physical and electronic versions of it.

But Judge Sharp struck out the claim, saying going any further along the court process would be "manifestly unfair", as it seemed to be more about protecting Mr Craig's reputation.

"It is manifestly groundless. It serves no useful purpose.

"This was and is a vexatious claim and it is an abuse of process."

It has been an expensive year for Mr Craig, who was ordered to pay Mr Williams $1.27 million for defamation, and close to $129,000 to Ms MacGregor for breaking a confidentiality agreement.

Lawyers for both Mr Slater and Mr Williams have sought costs for the poem case.