NEW ZEALAND COPYRIGHT NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND PERFORMERS' RIGHTS AMENDMENT BILL OF 2008

An updated Intellectual Property Rights (IPR's) Bill has just passed in New Zealand. This Copyright law was approved by the New Zealand legislature and amends the Copyright Act of 1994. It is designed to accommodate new technology, such as digital music and film. It was crafted to create a new regime where the general copyright laws are worded such as make them easier to adapt to changing technology. It also was crafted to maintain a balance between the important interests of creators, owners and consumers of copyright works.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

How are Reproduction Rights Changed?
How does the Bill Affect Copyright & Communication?
Is the Copying Section Changed?
What is the Right to “Format Shifting”?

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