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The Copyright Council of New Zealand was incorporated in 1983 as a non-profit society to provide copyright and cultural based industries with a range of services including an interface with Government. It currently has 22 members representing a wide spectrum of copyright creators and owners.

The aim of the Copyright Council is to protect, preserve, develop and promote the rights of copyright creators and owners to New Zealand's best, long-term advantage. Over the years, the Council has published a number of reports designed to demonstrate the important contribution that copyright and cultural based industries make to New Zealand's social, cultural employment and economic development.



The Copyright Council was instrumental in lobbying for changes in the current Act before its enactment in December 1994. It is in active consultation with the Ministries of Economic Development, Justice, Education and Culture & Heritage, over the impact of new technologies on the Copyright Act 1994. The Copyright Council operates a wide range of services on behalf of its members and for the public generally.

These services include:

General Advice - on the implications of the Copyright Act 1994. The Copyright Council provides an online copyright advisory service. This service provides preliminary advice on matters such as copyright ownership, infringement and contracts. Click here for more information.
Information - on the use of copyright works either under the Copyright Act or through the negotiation of licences with members operating as licensing bodies.
Research & Education - the organisation of workshops and seminars on the practice of copyright law and the legal implications for the use of copyright works.
Bilateral Relations - close affilliations with international and national copyright organisations in Australia, United Kingdom, Europe, South East Asia, Canada, United States and the South Pacific.
 
The Copyright Council of New Zealand was incorporated in 1983 as a non-profit society to provide copyright and cultural based industries with a range of services including an interface with Government. It currently has 22 members representing a wide spectrum of copyright creators and owners.
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