• CLNZ/NZSA Research Grants 2019: Now Open for Applications

    Receive a $5,000 grant to help you research your latest fiction or non-fiction writing project.  All New Zealand writers welcome to apply! In support of New Zealand writers who wish to undertake research for a fiction or non-fiction writing project, the 2019 Copyright Licensing New Zealand (CLNZ) and New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) Research […]

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  • Canadian Lawmakers Recommend Sweeping Progressive Improvements to Copyright Law – Music to our ears…

    The Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage yesterday released its long-awaited report on artist remuneration, as part of Parliament’s Statutory Review of the Copyright Act. Titled Shifting Paradigms, the report makes twenty-two key recommendations focused on strengthening the rights of artists to control and earn from their work in the digital age.  The Writers’ Union of […]

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  • Authors need protection from online pirates, Philip Pullman claims

    Online book piracy is an “offence against moral justice” that “any decent Government” should protect authors from, the writer Philip Pullman has said. Mr Pullman, the president of the Society of Authors, criticised Britain’s lax copyright laws that are failing to tackle the “increasingly prevalent” number of websites where novels are downloaded for free without […]

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  • ALL MEMBERS Your chance to have a say to the Issues Paper that will inform the Copyright Act review.

    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. […]

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  • NZSA warns of yet another free e-book site

    The NZSA is deeply concerned about the website Ebook Bike (https://ebook.bike/) which allows users to freely download books, including by New Zealand authors. The NZSA joins the Australia Society of Authors and the UK Society of Authors in condemning Ebook Bike’s free distribution of books. By undertaking this activity without either seeking permission or providing […]

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  • US Publishers Slam Controlled Digital Lending as Infringement

    In a growing controversy over ‘controlled digital lending’ and the Internet Archive’s handling of copyrighted material, the Association of American Publishers joins complaints from authors’ organizations. Headquarters of the Internet Archive on Funston Street in San Francisco. Image: Internet Archive press photo, Katie Barrett By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson AAP: ‘Denigrating the Incentives’ of […]

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  • Widespread copyright breach: Authors’ associations demand that Open Library stops lending scanned books

    The Society of Authors (SoA) in the UK and the Authors Guild (AG) in the US are simultaneously demanding that the Internet Archive’s Open Library stops lending scanned copies of physical books, reports Publishing Perspectives. In an open letter, the AG criticises the ‘faulty legal argument’ of Controlled Digital Lending (CDL) used by the Open Library to the […]

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  • WeCreate welcomes government’s Copyright Issues Paper

    WeCreate, the alliance of New Zealand’s creative industries, has welcomed MBIE’s release of an Issues Paper on Copyright in New Zealand. The Intellectual Property Team at MBIE have conducted extensive engagement with stakeholders that have an interest in copyright and the paper is informed by this engagement. New Zealand’s creative people and creative businesses generate […]

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  • Author Incomes in Steep Decline – Canadian report blames educational copying

    October 22, 2018 Note from NZSA:  In New Zealand there is NO ELR or Educational Lending Right to compensate for the use of books in school and classroom libraries (as exists in Australia and the UK), and a copyright licence from Copyright Licensing NZ is merely optional for schools, to recompense for material copied over and above the […]

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  • CLNZ 2018 Contestable Fund Grant Recipients Announced

    Copyright Licensing New Zealand (CLNZ) is once again excited to announce the successful applicants in this year’s round of the CLNZ Contestable Fund Grants. Introduced in 2014, the fund was established to support strategic projects that demonstrate New Zealand publishing growth and development, including within education. The 2018 Contestable Fund Grant recipients are: Dunedin Writers […]

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  • Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Copyright Licensing Education Awards

    Winners of the 2018 Copyright Licensing Education Awards were announced tonight at the uLearn18 conference held at Sky City Convention Centre in Auckland. Teachers from around the country joined the official panel of education experts and cast their votes to add their choice of best resources to the judge’s selections.   The awards recognise the […]

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  • Copyright Act needs update for 21st century

    Published in STUFF by Paula Browning Sept 26, 2018 OPINION: Copyright is hard to understand for most New Zealanders and well, for many of us, just a little boring. That’s understandable – but for our writers, artists, musicians and creative businesses it matters a lot. In fact it keeps many of them awake at night because it’s […]

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