Do you know how long you have to wait before an author’s work comes out of copyright?
What is the USA’s Mickey Mouse copyright rule?
What country’s copyright laws are New Zealand’s based on?
What is creative commons?
How many creative commons licenses are there?
On Saturday 14th September 23 Auckland SLANZA members were informed – and entertained – by Paula Browning from Copyright Licensing NZ and Dione Joseph from Tohutohu (Creative Commons NZ).
The complex issues around copyright were clearly explained by Paula – from the sections of the Act that apply to school libraries, to the difference between operating with a Copyright License from CLNZ or only under the Copyright Act. Copyright is a balance between the creators’ needs and the consumers’ needs. It automatically applies to any original work – including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, sound recordings, films, radio and TV broadcasts and the layout of a published work. This includes both hard copy and electronic formats. Any published work may have a number of different copyrights attached to it. For instance, a book can include the author’s writing, the publisher’s typographical layout, and the cover image as separate copyright works. If in doubt, or to learn more, check out the information sheets on the Copyright Council of New Zealand website.
Creative Commons is a system that allows you – the creator of a work – to decide how you want your work to be used and shared. It falls between the public domain – no copyright restrictions at all, and a copyrighted work where permission for use must be sought from the copyright holder. There are four elements that can be combined in 6 different ways to give the creator the control on the usage of their work. The elements are:
I would highly recommend both of these speakers for anybody looking for good information about copyright and creative commons. It was a very informative and fun learning experience.