HOW LONG DOES COPYRIGHT LAST FOR?

In New Zealand different types of work have different lengths of time for which copyright lasts.  The table below explains how.

Work Literary, Dramatic, Musical Work Artistic Work Industrially applied artistic work Work of artistic craftsmanship
Duration of copyright Life of the author plus 50 years Life of the author plus 50 years 16 years from the making of more than 50 copies of the work in 3 dimensions for sale or hire 25 years from when the work was made

 

The important point for manufacturing businesses is that copyright in industrially applied or mass produced designs lasts for 16 years from the date at which 50 copies of the design were reproduced.  So businesses that have been mass producing a product for more than 16 years will no longer have any copyright protection for the product design and other people are free to copy those designs.

But here’s the catch, if the design has been registered as a shape trade mark by the owner of the design, the owner will obtain enduring exclusive rights under the Trade Marks Act to reproduce the design.

HOW LONG DOES COPYRIGHT LAST FOR?

In New Zealand different types of work have different lengths of time for which copyright lasts.

Duration of copyright:

Literary, Dramatic, Musical Work – Life of the author plus 50 years

Artistic Work – Life of the author plus 50 years

Industrially applied artistic work – 16 years from the making of more than 50 copies of the work in 3 dimensions for sale or hire

Work of artistic craftsmanship – 25 years from when the work was made

But here’s the catch, if the design has been registered as a shape trade mark by the owner of the design, the owner will obtain enduring exclusive rights under the Trade Marks Act to reproduce the design. The important point for manufacturing businesses is that copyright in industrially applied or mass produced designs lasts for 16 years from the date at which 50 copies of the design were reproduced.  So businesses that have been mass producing a product for more than 16 years will no longer have any copyright protection for the product design and other people are free to copy those designs.