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Visual Arts

"Visual Arts" covers copyright owned by artists, engravers, etchers, painters and photographers among others.

Frequently Asked Questions

Registration - How can I register my copyright and how much does it cost?

  Ownership - How can I prove I am the copyright owner?

Ideas - Does copyright protect my ideas?

  Originality - If my work is inspired by an existing work, is my work protected by copyright?

Copying - Has a painter infringed copyright in my photograph by reproducing it as a painting?

  Photography - Do I need permission to photograph a random person on the street?

Ownership - If a client commissions me to take some photographs, but doesn’t pay me, do I own the copyright in the photos?

  Ownership - Do I need permission to make copies of a photograph I own?

Photography - Do I need permission to photograph a building?
  Ownership - Can I reproduce work I have done for clients to include on my website or in my portfolio?

News Items

Commissioning Rule Amendment Bill no longer on agenda
Artists’ Resale Right rejected
Commissioning rule to be repealed
The Commissioning Rule - Second discussion paper
Resale royalty right to be considered
Pirate Internet Downloader Sentenced to Community Service, Pay Damages
Copyright, contract and the commissioning rule

Information Sheets

Infringement of copyright: what should I do?   An introduction to copyright in New Zealand
Photographers   Visual artists
Moral rights    

Related Links

  New Zealand Engineering Printing & Manufacturing Union (EPMU)
Designers Institute of New Zealand (DINZ)
  New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography (NZIPP)
Advertising & Illustrative Photographers Association (AIPA)
  Artists Alliance

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