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 Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is reviewing the Copyright Act 1994. The Copyright Act provides a set of intellectual property rights called ‘copyright’ to authors and producers of creative works (eg books, recorded music, fine art, digital art, movies, educational literature, software code) to encourage the creation and dissemination of creative works.
As significant technological and market changes are impacting the way we create, distribute, communicate and use content, it is important to ensure our copyright regime is achieving its objectives in a rapidly changing digital world.
A decision was made to launch a review in mid-2017, with the release of the terms of reference for the review.
This issues paper is the first stage of public consultation in the review of the Copyright Act. This stage involves identifying problems with the way the Copyright Act is operating or opportunities to improve its operation. It is also important to identify where the Act works well.
The best way to provide your views in response to this issues paper is to write a submission on it. You can find out how to do this in the ‘How to have your say’ section on page 6.
The length of this issues paper reflects the complexity of the copyright regime and variety of potential issues we need to test and gather evidence about. Some of you will not want to submit on everything this issues paper covers and will instead submit only on the questions most relevant to you (see the recap of questions on page 118).
The consultation period closes at 5pm on 5 April 2019.