Copyright refers to the exclusive rights given to owners of original works such as literature, films and sound recordings.
In New Zealand, copyright is an automatic right that takes effect as soon as an original work is created, published or performed.
Read about the notice process under sections 122A to 122U of the Copyright Act 1994.
Overview of copyright protection in New Zealand, including what is covered by copyright and what is not.
Introduction to international copyright laws relevant to New Zealand.
A government review of the implications of digital technology for the Copyright Act 1994 resulted in the Copyright (New Technologies) Amendment Act 2008.
Performers' rights are a type of intellectual property right. They are sometimes called 'neighbouring' or 'related rights' to copyright, but are independent from the copyright that may exist in a work that may be performed.
In 2003, the previous government agreed that the Copyright Act 1994 be reviewed to assess its effectiveness for digital technology, five years from the enactment of the Copyright (New Technologies) Amendment Act.