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Ideas - Does copyright protect my ideas?

No. Copyright does not protect ideas or information. It protects the expression or form that those ideas or information take. For example, an idea for a novel or screen play is not protected by copyright, nor is the subject matter of a photograph or painting.

However, ideas may be protected by other laws including where there is a duty of confidentiality and under the law of patents. Patent protection is available for products, processes, improvements and testing methods related to manufacturing that are useful, new, novel and inventive. Patent protection requires registration. In New Zealand, patents are registered with the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand.

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