Copyright protection is one of the hottest topics of the day. That’s because the progress of information technologies, including the Internet, have made it possible to transfer data over long distances almost instantly, which is not always good for intellectual property. Probably you’ve heard about quite a few cases when artwork was used on a wide scale without the author’s permission. To avoid such situations, think about copyright registration.
In earlier articles, we described copyright registration procedures for the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. In this article, we’ll tell you how to protect your intellectual property rights in New Zealand.
Well, the New Zealand law on intellectual property significantly differs from the laws applicable in other countries. The fact is that any author’s rights are automatically secured at the moment of creating artwork. In other words, the New Zealand law doesn’t stipulate copyright registration. You don’t have to fill in any forms or pay a fee to register your intellectual property rights. Your authorship is implicitly assigned to you.