LIANZA STANDING COMMITTEE ON COPYRIGHT

LIANZA STANDING COMMITTEE ON COPYRIGHT

Copyright is central to what we do. Copyright law balances the rights of creators and the rights of users. Libraries have a responsibility to ensure copyright is not infringed and an ethical duty to advance the values of access to information and freedom of expression. LIANZA therefore provides copyright advice and resources to its members and also advocates on behalf of members on copyright issues.

In recognition of the importance of copyright, LIANZA has an active and engaged Standing Committee on Copyright to assist with advice and advocacy and to raise awareness of copyright and licensing issues. The committee consists of four members, with additional members co-opted when necessary. The committee advises LIANZA Council on copyright issues affecting libraries and the need to lobby on behalf of the library community.

LIANZA advocates for balanced copyright law in which equal weight is given to creators’ and users’ rights. In particular we advocate on behalf of members about any copyright issues which may affect access to information. This has included voicing opposition to aspects of the Intellectual Property chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment is reviewing New Zealand’s Copyright Act. Read LIANZA's Copyright Issues Paper Submission. Read more on Libraries Aotearoa.

The Committee made a submission on the Marrakesh Treaty implementation as it relates to the availability of copyrighted works to print disabled people in New Zealand.

COPYRIGHT ADVICE

It is important that members have an understanding of copyright and how it affects the library and information sector.This includes knowledge of the New Zealand Copyright Act 1994 and applicable licensing agreements.

LIANZA, through the Standing Committee on Copyright, can respond to members’ queries about their obligations or uncertainties under copyright law. Please direct queries to the Acting-Chair, Sarah Powell.

LIANZA also has a variety of resources compiled which may be helpful to you. Tony Millet, Chair from 2009-2014 was instrumental in developing these resources.

LIANZA STANDING COMMITTEE ON COPYRIGHT

  • Sarah Powell, AUT University (Chair)
  • Zoe Richardson, Auckland War Memorial Museum
  • Kim Gutchlag, National Library of New Zealand
  • Diane Friis, EIT Library
  • Alice Cruickshank, Christchurch City Libraries
  • Mandy Henk, Tohatoha
  • Melanie Johnson, University of Auckland
  • Nicola Harwood, Nelson Public Libraries

WEBINARS

In 2019 LSCC presented a series of three webinars. The first webinar provides an introduction to copyright, the New Zealand Copyright Act and the exceptions in the Act for libraries. The second webinar discusses fair use vs fair dealing and safe harbours for GLAMs. This was presented by Professor Graeme Austin from the Faculty of Law at Victoria University of Wellington. The third webinar focuses on mass digitization and the issue of orphan works.

Webinar One: An introduction to copyright, the New Zealand Copyright Act and the exceptions in the Act for libraries

Kim Gutchlag works at the National Library of New Zealand, having responsibility for the teams that acquire and catalogue the Library’s published collections. Kim has been a member of the LIANZA Standing Committee on Copyright (LSCC) since 2015, and has a long-standing interest in copyright. As part of the LSCC, Kim is committed to ensuring that the needs of New Zealand’s libraries are presented in the review of the Copyright Act.

Mandy Henk, Chief Executive at Tohatoha, is a librarian, writer, and advocate for a healthy and vibrant Commons. She was named a 2012 Library Journal Mover and Shaker for her work as a founding member of the People’s Library at Occupy Wall Street, and is the author of Economy, Ecology, Equity: The Path to a Carbon Neutral Library (ALA Editions 2014).

Webinar Two: Fair Use vs Fair Dealing and Safe Harbours

Professor Graeme Austin rejoined the law faculty of Victoria University of Wellington in 2010, after serving for nearly ten years as a tenured professor at the University of Arizona, most recently as the J Byron McCormick Professor of Law. At Victoria, he has taught Company Law; Torts; Equity, Trusts and Succession; Copyright; Intellectual Property; and Human Rights and Intellectual Property. At U Arizona, he co-convened the IP programme, teaching a variety of IP courses, including US Copyright Law, and International IP.

Webinar Three: Mass Digitisation and Orphan Works

Kim Gutchlag works at the National Library of New Zealand, having responsibility for the teams that acquire and catalogue the Library’s published collections. Kim has been a member of the LIANZA Standing Committee on Copyright (LSCC) since 2015, and has a long-standing interest in copyright. As part of the LSCC, Kim is committed to ensuring that the needs of New Zealand’s libraries are presented in the review of the Copyright Act.

COPYRIGHT RESOURCES

The Copyright Committee (both current and past) has worked hard to pull together a collection of great resources on copyright issues.  Some are guidelines, some are training tools and some articulate our advocacy positions and those of others working in the area.  We have also tried to collect together useful links for you.  Do get in touch if there is anything you would like to see here that you feel is missing!
Please note that some of these documents simplify copyright legislation in order to provide an overview - these documents should not be taken as legal advice about copyright.