Creative copyright

We respond to the ongoing legislative agenda in copyright and intellectual property rights, in response both to the Trans-Pacific Partnership and to the ongoing wider legislative reform agenda in copyright. We want to ensure the legislation is flexible, adaptable, incentivising and realistic for Internet users.

The balance of copyright law is a key factor affecting the benefits and potential of the Internet. Enabled by permissionless communication and innovation, the Internet has become the best platform for sharing information and doing business.

Copyright law affects the ways people can access and share information online. This has undeniable benefits, encouraging people to create and share new works in the hope of a financial return. It also has some potential downsides, with copyright rules potentially limiting the permissionless innovation and communication which drive the economic and social value of the Internet.

We share our views on this topic through submissions and public debates to advocate for legislation that is flexible, adaptable, incentivising and realistic for Internet users.

One example of that work is our comic and video "passport control at the checkout:"

On 5 April we sent our submission to the Government.

Here is a brief summary and it points to submission should you want to dive into detail:

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In February 2018 we wrote a position paper titled 'Getting copyright right in the information age.'

It explores some key issues for copyright and the Internet. It highlights key issues where our current law may not fully enable the benefits of the Internet: cloud computing, text-and-data-mining, and for online platforms where New Zealanders express themselves. 

Read our position paper here: Getting copyright right in the information age

For more information here are some of our recent submissions: