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International Copyright

New Zealand is a party to various international agreements relating to copyright, including the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic works, the Universal Copyright Convention, and the Agreement on the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (the TRIPs Agreement).

These agreements establish certain international standards for copyright protection. They also mean that copyright works created by people in other countries are protected in New Zealand under the Copyright Act. Similarly, other countries that are party to the international agreements must give works originating from New Zealand the same protection that they give works produced by their own nationals.

Most countries have acceded to one or more of the international agreements.

Two recent copyright treaties update international copyright standards to take into account the development of digital technologies. Those are:

  • the WIPO Copyright Treaty; and

  • the WIPO Performances and Phonographs Treaty.

  • New Zealand is not party to the WIPO Treaties, but is closer to compliance now that the Copyright (New Technologies) Amendment Act 2008 has come into force.

    No formality is required for protection in countries that are party to the Berne Convention or the TRIPs Agreement. However, in a small number of countries that are only party to the Universal Copyright Convention, it is necessary to comply with certain formalities in order to claim copyright.
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