Every day people make copies of printed material for a number of reasons: education, research, information and business. Often they do so without approval of the copyright owner.
Unauthorised copying deprives authors and publishers of valuable income and reduces their incentive to create new material.
Where Copyright Licensing meets the Copyright Act
People who want to copy from copyright material often find it difficult to identify and/or locate Rightsholders. Approval is
often required from more than one Rightsholder. Users have to decide whether to seek permission, decline to use the work, or to copy anyway, possibly infringing copyright. It can be a frustrating process for both the Rightsholder and the user of copyright material.
The Copyright Act 1994 balances the competing public interests of community access to copyright works with the right of creators to earn a living from their works. The Act allows educational institutions to make multiple copies of up to 3% or three pages of a work for educational purposes. Individuals who wish to make single copies for private study or research may do so under the “fair dealing” provisions in the Act. However, the requirements of major users of copyright material – education, government and business – tend to fall outside of the Act, which is where we come in.
A copyright licence provides users with advanced permission to copy from copyright material, far beyond what is permitted by the Act. Read more about the types of licences we provide.
Make it simple, work with us
As a Rightsholder, when you sign a mandate agreement with Copyright Licensing New Zealand you formally authorise us to include your published works in our licensing schemes. This ensures a fair return to both publisher and author when your work is copied by a licence holder – all at no cost to yourself.
There are major advantages in becoming mandated, using us as a resource to carry out the time-consuming administrative practices required to ensure you are receiving the fees you should, as a creator of original works. The benefits are many, and include:
- there are no costs involved, no joining fee or ongoing costs
- we provide centralised licensing where it would be impractical for you to do it yourself
- receive priority payments in our distributions where your works are identified in sampling surveys
- we facilitate the representation of your works by overseas RROs
- our access to international RROs enables you to receive distributions from them (where non-mandated rightsholders won’t)
- we become a resource and referral point for any copyright issues you may have
Our relationship with publishers and organisations that hold a licence means we are perfectly placed to facilitate the legal use of original work to everyone’s benefit. By entering into an agreement, you do not lose control of your rights. The agreement is non-exclusive so you are still free to negotiate directly with copyright users. This may occur if someone wanted to use your work for commercial purposes (for example) in a way that is not covered by a copyright licence.