NZ Publishers Call for Economic Evidence in TPP Discussions

Press Release – Copyright Licensing Ltd Leaked documents suggest that the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement may result in an extended copyright term. New Zealands current provision, as required as a minimum by the Berne Convention, is life of the author plus 50 years, …NZ Publishers Call for Economic Evidence in TPP Discussions Leaked documents suggest that the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement may result in an extended copyright term. New Zealand’s current provision, as required as a minimum by the Berne Convention, is ‘life of the author plus 50 years’, and the suggestion is that it may move to ’life plus 70 years’. Life plus 70 years is standard in nearly all major western economies including the United Kingdom, Singapore and Germany. In response to speculation about an extended term of copyright and what the TPP may or may not include, the Vice-Chancellor of Auckland University, Professor Stuart McCutcheon, recently released a statement to the media saying that cost-wise the potential changes “will be significantly detrimental to local universities”. He goes on to suggest that a copyright term extension will “lock up our cultural heritage for a further 20 years, denying all New Zealanders access” Chief Executive of Copyright Licensing New Zealand (CLNZ), the agency responsible for licensing literary content to universities and other education sectors, Paula Browning says, “Copyright does not prevent access to content. It simply...

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