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Copyright protection overseas

New Zealand is party to various international copyright agreements, including:

 

When an original work is protected by copyright in New Zealand, it is generally protected by under the applicable laws of countries that are also members of these agreements.

As in New Zealand, you don’t need to register for copyright protection in these countries - copyright protection arises automatically when any original work is created. Similarly, when original works are created in other countries, they are also protected in New Zealand.

Some countries, such as the United States, do have copyright registration systems. Registration may result in extra benefits for the owner.

New Zealand is not a member of the Rome Convention for the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organisations 1961.

However, we are a de facto member of a convention that went further than the Rome Convention to address the issue of record piracy: The Geneva Convention for the Protection of Producers of Phonograms Against Unauthorized Duplication of Their Phonograms 1971.

Article 9 of the TRIPS Agreement incorporates Articles 1-21 of the 1971 revision.

 

Find out more

On the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) website:

Rome Convention for the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organisations 1961

The Geneva Convention for the Protection of Producers of Phonograms Against Unauthorized Duplication of Their Phonograms 1971

Last updated 6 December 2011