Update: Review of the Copyright Act 1994 – Issues Paper status


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Update: Review of the Copyright Act 1994 – Issues Paper status

The following update relates to the review of the Copyright Act 1994 and may be of interest to New Zealand copyright owners and users of Intellectual Property (IP) services. The Copyright Act is an important piece of legislation that governs the way we create, distribute, consume and interact with content.

In November last year, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) published a paper outlining revised objectives for copyright law. The main change proposed to the revised objectives was to ensure they more expressly recognise the rights and interests of people involved in creating copyright works.

Some stakeholders have raised concerns about this paper and their inability to provide formal feedback on it. It is important to MBIE that all stakeholders have trust and confidence in the review. For this reason, MBIE is withdrawing the revised objectives paper. The next stage in the review will be to formally consult on potential revisions to the objectives. This will ensure all stakeholders have the opportunity to fully contribute to this part of the process in an open and transparent way.

MBIE expects to carry out this further consultation as early as possible in the next Parliamentary term. Following this, there will be a consultation on an Options Paper.

IPONZ encourages interested parties to keep up to date and participate in the review of the Copyright Act. Your experience and evidence-based feedback will help MBIE to develop informed advice on how to improve copyright law in New Zealand. This will ensure our copyright settings best serve the interests of New Zealand.

For more information and to receive future updates, please visit the
MBIE website.

If you have any questions, please contact the MBIE Copyright Act Review Team via CopyrightActReview@mbie.govt.nz.


Published on July 17, 2020