Rhys Darby looks to be attempting to distance himself from the controversial copyright law change after appearing in a new anti-piracy DVD for the Federation Against Copyright Theft (NZFact).
Fans of the Flight of the Conchord actor have expressed their disappointment with him after news of his involvement in the campaign.
Many have threatened to boycott his shows and even the 2degrees mobile network that Darby advertises.
Darby has tried to explain via Twitter that his involvement in the NZFact campaign was minimal.
“I recorded something saying you should not pirate DVDs. That is it. I haven’t done anything wrong,” he tweeted.
Tony Eaton, chief executive of NZFact, said that the 10 minute DVD would be distributed to all NZ schools and online in August this year as part of an education campaign.
He said that Darby’s part in the DVD involved him hosting a discussion with six New Zealanders about the issues they had faced as a result of piracy.