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Copyright Protection

Copyright law protects the right of creators to earn money from their works and encourages them to continue creating. In New Zealand , copyright law is contained within the Copyright Act 1994. Copyright protects original works such as:

and provides authors and creators with the exclusive right to copy the work or issue copies to the public.

Copyright infringement

Copying of all or part of a copyright work without the copyright owner’s approval is likely to be an infringement unless there is a statutory exception allowing such use.  Where a work is copied, liability for infringement of copyright is not necessarily limited to the person making the copies. Any person authorising, or impliedly authorising, an infringing act to take place may also be liable for infringement. Management can become personally liable for the infringing acts of their employees if they ought to have known that a copyright offence was being committed. Where infringement involves commercial dealings with infringing copies, then it is likely that the parties involved will become criminally liable for making or dealing with infringing copies and may incur large fines or imprisonment.

A copyshop must ensure that its clients have obtained any necessary permissions or else obtain them itself. A copyshop might require clients to confirm in writing that they have obtained the relevant permissions, and indemnify the copyshop for any loss incurred by it if an infringement action is brought against it.