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Craig Kelly has been hit with a cease and desist letter over his spam texts

Lawyers for the Therapeutic Goods Administration have written to the MP for the Sydney seat of Hughes alleging he is in breach of copyright, in response to a assertion launched on Wednesday.

The regulator demanded Mr Kelly “stop distributing incomplete extracts of adverse event reports relating to COVID-19 vaccines which the TGA believes could be seriously misleading”.

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It alleged the extracts had been taken selectively from the TGA’s database, eradicating vital details about the stories and the regulator’s copyright assertion.

“Information on the Database of Adverse Event Notifications cannot be used to identify whether a medicine or a vaccine is safe or has caused the reported adverse event or not,” the TGA mentioned.

Further investigation is required earlier than an incident will be deemed associated to a vaccine, one thing the TGA emphasises in its database.

“The extracts disseminated by the United Australia Party excluded this important information at the beginning of the reports as well as the statement indicating that the information is subject to copyright under Australian law,” the TGA mentioned.

Kelly hits again

Mr Kelly responded in a media launch of his personal, saying the TGA’s assertion was “misleading and deceptive” and that he was additionally searching for authorized recommendation.

“The letter I have received … only has raised an issue of an alleged copyright infringement and nothing more,” he mentioned.

“The TGA’s media release is defamatory and I’m seeking urgent legal advice, as it creates a defamatory imputation that is false.

“The TGA’s media release creates a false impression that the correspondence I have received … includes a reference to the text being “seriously misleading” when in fact, the correspondence … makes no reference to this point.”

He mentioned the TGA’s allegations of copyright breaches “will be vigorously defended”. 

“Ultimately the frivolous copyright challenge is a disgraceful diversionary tactic by the TGA.”

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