WHAT TYPES OF WORK ARE PROTECTED BY COPYRIGHT?

Section 14 of the Copyright Act 1994 says that copyright exists in the following original works:

WHAT TYPES OF WORK ARE PROTECTED BY COPYRIGHT?

  • Literary, dramatic, musical or artistic works;
  • Sound recordings;
  • Films;
  • Communication works;
  • Typographical arrangements of published editions

The two main categories are literary and artistic works.

For literary works, copyright protects the selection and arrangement of the words.  Copyright in product design protects the look of the product.

As a general rule copyright protects the expression of ideas but not the underlying general idea.  So for example anyone can write a story based on the idea of a princess held captive in a castle, but text or illustrations from other books about the same subject will, unless they were written decades ago, be protected against copying by copyright.

In the commercial world, copyright in New Zealand can be a powerful tool for manufacturers to use against knock offs of their products.

WHAT TYPES OF WORK ARE PROTECTED BY COPYRIGHT?

Section 14 of the Copyright Act 1994 says that copyright exists in the following original works:

  • Literary, dramatic, musical or artistic works;
  • Sound recordings;
  • Films;
  • Communication works;
  • Typographical arrangements of published editions

The two main categories are literary and artistic works.

For literary works, copyright protects the selection and arrangement of the words.  Copyright in product design protects the look of the product.

As a general rule copyright protects the expression of ideas but not the underlying general idea.  So for example anyone can write a story based on the idea of a princess held captive in a castle, but text or illustrations from other books about the same subject will, unless they were written decades ago, be protected against copying by copyright.

In the commercial world, copyright in New Zealand can be a powerful tool for manufacturers to use against knock offs of their products.