Copyright licensing Copyright licensing


Every day, people copy and share printed material for a variety of reasons, including for education, research, information and business. Unauthorised copying deprives authors and publishers of valuable income and reduces their incentive to create new material.

Getting your head around the Copyright Act can be frustrating, as can hunting down the copyright owner every time you need to ask permission to copy a printed work...

This is where we come in!

A CLNZ licence helps you to enjoy hassle-free copying and reduce the risk of copyright infringement. We gain permission for you in advance so you can copy and scan from published print material (e.g. books, journals and newspapers) to share with staff or students.

How do we do this?

We derive our authority from legislation which is further supported by our existing agreements with the majority of New Zealand publishers (and through them authors). Through this we are perfectly placed to facilitate the legal use of original work to everyone’s benefit.

We are a not for profit organisation that is jointly owned by the Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) and the New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA). We are also the sole, recognised Reproduction Rights Organisation (RRO) in New Zealand for text based copyright material.

What happens to the revenue generated through licensing?

The net income generated from our licences is distributed back to the owners of the work copied.

In addition, CLNZ puts aside a fixed amount of licensing revenue in the CLNZ Cultural Fund. Find out more about the Cultural Fund’s objectives and funding programmes, here.

To calculate how licensing funds are to be distributed, we conduct sampling surveys of our licence holders periodically. Click here to find out more about the process.