Review of the Copyright Act 1994
In June 2017 the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs released a terms of reference to launch a review of the Copyright Act 1994.
It is timely to launch a review as it is important we ensure that our copyright regime is fit for purpose in the context of a rapidly changing technological environment which is impacting the way we create, distribute and consume content. Insights into this environment were highlighted in the Government’s Study of the role of copyright and designs in the creative sector, completed in December last year.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment will now start preparing an issues paper, which is likely to be released for public consultation in early 2018.
See the links below for relevant documents:
Terms of Reference
The terms of reference outline the objectives, context and process for the review.
The objectives for the review are to:
- assess how well the Copyright Act 1994 is meeting our objectives for copyright
- identify any barriers to achieving the objectives and how these affect creators, publishers, distributors, users and consumers
- put together a plan to address any issues that we identify.
These objectives, together with the scope and staging of the review, will be informed by the issues paper consultation process.
How can you get involved?
We are currently compiling a mailing list for anyone who is interested in receiving updates on the review. Please email Copyright Act Review if you would like to receive updates. We are open to hearing from you as we develop the issues paper.
We also intend to consult formally with the public on the review in early 2018.
Following that consultation process, the Government will make decisions on the scope of the review and plan the next steps.
In 2003, the previous government agreed that the Copyright Act 1994 be reviewed to assess its effectiveness for digital technology, five years from the enactment of the Copyright (New Technologies) Amendment Act.