Horizon Research Writers Earnings Report

March 2019 READ HERE

NZSA Submission to the Review of the Copyright Act Issues Paper

April 2019 READ HERE

Background paper in Support: Why Publishing Matters

April 2019 READ HERE

Submission to the review of Tomorrows’ Schools from the NZSA

March 2019 READ HERE

21 MARCH 2019

New Zealand content and the ability to protect your rights as a writer are key issues in the current copyright act review. Take this opportunity to shape the future of our country’s copyright law.

The New Zealand Copyright Act is in the early stages of review and is currently open for public consultation. Submissions close in two weeks (5 April 2019) and we encourage you to put pen to paper and send in your submission.

Writing a submission doesn’t have to be a time consuming or daunting task. Drawing on your experience as a New Zealand writer, you can submit a simple letter, email or paragraph, expressing your personal view.

The Copyright Act was passed into law in 1994, before the internet and other emerging technologies changed the way the world works with content. Copyright serves to protect and preserve our country’s unique voice and the Kiwis who are producing locally made content (including you). Last year, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) confirmed that they would review the existing Act and, in November 2018, released a document called the “Review of the Copyright Act 1994, Issues Paper”.

The Issues Paper is the first stage of public consultation and involves identifying where the Act is working well and any opportunities to improve its operation.

How to write a submission:
MBIE wants to hear from Kiwis about their experiences and what is important to them, so write from your heart. Below are three questions to help get you started. You could discuss one or all of these points in your submission. It is up to you.

  • Why you feel it is important to protect and preserve content written by New Zealanders, about New Zealand. For you? For future generations?

  • Do you have an example of a piece of work you have worked on, that was made possible by your ability to earn a living from selling copies?

  • Has there been a time when your work has been used without your permission (in breach of copyright)? How did it make you feel? What implications did this have?

Note: Where possible, support any comments with evidence or an example.

Also, don’t worry about offering any solutions (this comes later in a response to what MBEI issue from  submissions).

The time to act is now

Email through your completed submission to CopyrightActReview@mbie.govt.nz, no later than 5pm, Friday 5 April.

Alternatively, if you have time, you can read over the entire Issues Paper and submit your comments using this template.

Join the conversation:
To keep up to date with the review process, email a copy of your submission to review@copyright.co.nz and post on social using the hashtag #getitrightnz

The New Zealand Society of Authors would appreciate your sending a copy of your submission to us so that we can collate our responses.
Send to director@nzauthors.org.nz

Submission to the Copyright Act Review to inform the Issues Paper December 2018

Here is the submission to inform the Issues Paper. NZSA are preparing a submission to the Issues Paper due early April 2019.

Submission to the Marrakesh Treaty 2018

Here is the submissions the NZ Society of Authors made to the Issues Paper and the Draft Amendment Bill. NZSA also presented to the select committee in March 2019 on this issue.

Here is the CLNZ submission to the Marrakesh Treaty Issues Paper .

Submission to the National Library in response to Positioning for the future: Draft strategic Directions to 2030 consultation document

31 August 2016

Here is the online submission NZSA made in response to the National Library consultation document.

On the 11 October 2016 we received a summary of all submissions made.

Radio New Zealand Drama Department

June 2016

In February we wrote a letter to the Chief Executive of Radio New Zealand expressing our concern about reduced funding to the drama department and the consequent loss of staff. We did not get a response so followed up with a second letter in May.

The purpose of the letters was to ensure our national broadcasting service continues to offer quality radio drama from books and plays written by New Zealanders and that the creators are paid fairly for the use of the original and adapted works. We also wanted to discover if the cuts to the drama department are solely the result of the ‘fund freeze’ or if it is the direction RNZ would be taking regardless of available funds.

We have not had a written response yet but Kyle Mewburn, President of NZSA, received a call from RNZ to let us know that RNZ is taking a new approach to radio drama and changes will soon be announced. We look forward to the announcement.

Marrakesh Treaty submission

26 February 2016

The Marrakesh Treaty is an international treaty that aims to increase access to published works for people with a print disability. This Treaty provides for copyright exceptions within national laws to improve visually-impaired people’s access to copyright works in accessible formats (such as braille, audio or large print books).

On Friday, 30 October 2015 the Ministry released a discussion document to determine whether New Zealand should accede to the Marrakesh Treaty and if so what changes to the Copyright Act would be needed.  They invited submissions.

You can read the submission made by NZSA here.

Exploring Digital Convergence Green Paper submission

16 October 2015

The Government’s Exploring Digital Convergence Green Paper provided an overarching view of the cross-government convergence work programme to ensure New Zealanders are able to realise the potential benefits and opportunities presented by convergence. They invited submissions.

You can read the submission made by NZSA here.

Submission to the Board of Review regarding the Review of the Classification of Into the River written by Ted Dawe

25 September 2015

You can read the submission made by NZSA National Office here and the submission made by our PEN representative, Dana Wensley, here

On the 14th October the Board of Review distributed their Majority Decision and the Presidents Dissenting Opinion.

Submission made to Copyright Licensing New Zealand Limited

February 2015

The New Zealand Society of Authors made a submission to Copyright Licensing NZ in February 2015.

The Submission argues that the Contestable Fund, instigated in 2014, is not an adequate substitute for the Writers Awards.

The CLNZ Board responded August 2015, gathering a group of writers and publishers to discuss what would be considered good investments for the Cultural Fund. Following that gathering CLNZ set a new 3-year Cultural Fund investment plan, reviewed their Contestable Fund criteria and established a new award for writers. The new award will open in 2016 and one award of $25,000 will be made to a writer each year for the next three years.

Copyright Licensing Writers Awards recipients 2002 – 2014

Public Lending Right for New Zealand Authors Scheme

The Public Lending Right for New Zealand Authors scheme was established in 2008 to compensate New Zealand authors, illustrators, and editors for the use of their books in New Zealand libraries.
As an author registered with the scheme, you’re entitled to receive annual compensation based on the number of copies of your title held in New Zealand libraries. This number is determined by a regular survey. More

Politicians – what are their plans for the literary sector?

Politicians and Writers – 2014

A General Election was held in New Zealand on 21 September 2014. A number of questions were put to the politicians to find out about their plans and policies for the literary community.

Go here to read the responses we received.

Submission Archive

Please contact the National Office if you are interested in submissions made prior to 2014