Copyright in other countries

New Zealand is a signatory to a number of international treaties. They ensure copyright works created by New Zealanders are protected under the copyright laws of most countries.  The authors of international works are given similar rights here.

Differences between countries


While the basics of copyright are very similar around the world, copyright is ultimately territorial in nature. This can make protecting and commercialising your copyright works a complicated endeavour, especially when you want to make your works available to as many consumers as possible.

One of the most visible differences between countries is copyright term (duration). This may depend on who created the work, what type of work it is, when it was first published, and whether or not it was registered (in countries that have registration systems). Some countries restrict or deny copyright for works that are industrially applied. There are also various exceptions and defences to copyright infringement, which may allow third parties to make use of works not yet in the public domain.

When a copyright work is made available to licensors, distributors, or consumers around the world, it is important to know your rights in each country, so you can determine the long term implications.

Get expert advice


Baldwins is involved in commercialisation and protection of all types of copyright works. We also have an international network of expert associates to draw on, as required. If you are thinking of selling or licensing your work internationally (or licensing an international work for use in New Zealand), speak to our team to ensure the right outcome for your needs.

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