Review of the Copyright Act 1994

Have your say on the Copyright Act Review Issues Paper.

On 23 November 2018, the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs announced the release of an Issues Paper on the Copyright Act review, signalling the first stage of public consultation on the copyright regime.

There have been significant technological changes since the last significant review of the Copyright Act in 2004, which impact 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 registered designs in the creative sector, completed in 2016.

The government is undertaking a review to ensure that our copyright regime continues to be fit for purpose.

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.

Issues Paper (out for consultation)

Read the video transcript.

The Review of the Copyright Act 1994: Issues Paper [PDF 4MB] is now available for comment.

The Issues Paper provides an introduction to copyright concepts and our copyright regime, our proposed objectives for New Zealand’s copyright regime and potential issues with the way the copyright regime is working.

We have also created an Issues Paper overview [PDF 2MB], which outlines the main areas on which we are seeking feedback.

The consultation period closes at 5pm on Friday, 5 April 2019.

Find out more and have your say.


Terms of Reference

The terms of reference [PDF 167KB] outline the objectives, context and process for the review.

An outline of the intended review process is below. The stages in green represent opportunities for you to provide your input into the process.

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Related documents

Previous decisions

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.

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Business Law Team
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