Copyright Act 1994

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Copyright Act 1994

Public Act1994 No 143
Date of assent15 December 1994


Changes authorised by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 have been made in this eprint.

A general outline of these changes is set out in the notes at the end of this eprint, together with other explanatory material about this eprint.

This Act is administered in the Ministry of Commerce



Description of copyright

Qualification for copyright

Ownership of copyright

Duration of copyright

Crown copyright

Primary infringement of copyright

Secondary infringement of copyright


Libraries and archives

Public administration

Literary, dramatic, musical, or artistic works

Computer programs, sound recordings, and films

Broadcasts and cable programmes


Subsequent dealings

Right to be identified as author or director

Right to object to derogatory treatment of work

False attribution

Right to privacy of certain photographs and films

Supplementary provisions

Licences to deal with copyright works

Transmission of copyright

Moral rights

Rights and remedies of copyright owner

Rights and remedies of exclusive licensee

Rights and remedies in relation to moral rights



Disposal of infringing copy or other object

References and applications with respect to licensing schemes

References with respect to licensing schemes

Applications with respect to licensing schemes

References and applications with respect to licensing by licensing bodies

Factors to be taken into account in certain classes of cases

Implied indemnity in schemes or licences for reprographic copying

Performers' rights

Acts permitted in relation to performances

Duration and transmission of rights


Remedies for infringement


Application to foreign countries


Jurisdiction and procedure

Devices designed to circumvent copy-protection

Other countries

Transitional provisions and savings

Reprint notes

An Act to consolidate and amend the law relating to copyright

BE IT ENACTED by the Parliament of New Zealand as follows: