We're working to support you - here's what we're up to

In the past few weeks, as New Zealand has moved into level 4 lockdown, our small team has been busy working to support you. Here’s a short outline of what we’ve been up to.

In late 2019 (which seems so long ago given what’s happened in the world since), Copyright Licensing New Zealand developed a new, four year strategy for the organisation, which is underpinned by three words - simplify / enable / experts.

In the past few weeks, as New Zealand has moved into level 4 lockdown, our small team has been busy delivering on these strategic pillars in a variety of ways. Here’s a short outline of what we’ve been up to.

For Tertiary Licensees

  • A temporary licence extension to support New Zealand universities’ efforts to retain students from China who are currently unable to enter New Zealand to study.
  • An extension of the temporary licence to support efforts to transfer to online (only study for universities and ITPs).
  • Obtaining permission directly from publishers for copying in excess of normal licence limits so that interruptions to student’s learning is minimised.

For Schools and Libraries

  • Worked with the Coalition for Books to establish a Storytime programme with public and school libraries.
  • Supported the Ministry of Education with the development of copyright information for teachers who are developing remote learning programmes for students.
  • Responding to an increasing number of copyright queries from schools and libraries.

For Authors and Publishers

  • Fast-tracked the payment of overseas licensing revenue to New Zealand rightsholders (three months earlier than in previous years)
  • 72-hour turn-around of the ALCS UK payments to New Zealand authors.
  • Accelerating the MyCopyright adoption campaign to enable us to pay New Zealand authors and publishers faster.
  • Submitted on the Public Lending Right (PLR) Review and held a meeting (online, of course!) with the agency conducting the Review to share best-practice in using technology to get revenue to authors. We encourage you to make your own submission here >>
  • Bringing forward the opening dates for the 2020 CLNZ/NZSA Writers’ Award and Research Grants applications (with the first opening on 30 April 2020).
  • Accelerating processing of survey data to get 2020’s licence distribution funds out much earlier

For Visual Artists

  • Conducting a survey on the impact of Covid-19 on the visual arts sector to use with government to advocate for visual artists.

We will be making more announcements soon including a call for applications to our various Cultural Fund programmes.

Photo by Kevin Bhagat on Unsplash

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