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LIANZA on the TPPA

Press Release – LIANZA The Copyright Committee of the Library and Information Association of New Zealand (LIANZA) notes the conclusion of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations.LIANZA on the TPPA The Copyright Committee of the Library and Information Association of New Zealand (LIANZA) notes the conclusion of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations. While the final text of the Agreement is still to be made available, and there may still be more contentious details to come, the extension of New Zealand’s copyright term from 50 to 70 years has been confirmed. LIANZA sees copyright as a way to balance the rights of copyright holders with those of users of copyright materials. It recognises the need for copyright to reward creators for their works and to encourage their creation of new works, but it also recognises and supports the value generated from works in the public domain. LIANZA believes the loss and cost to the public from extending New Zealand’s copyright term will outweigh any benefits that may come from such a move. ENDS Content Sourced from scoop.co.nz Original...

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LIANZA Fears Copyright Law Changes Under TPPA

Press Release – LIANZA The Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) is concerned at the possible implications for New Zealand libraries of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) currently being negotiated between New Zealand and a number of other … LIANZA Fears Copyright Law Changes Under Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement The Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) is concerned at the possible implications for New Zealand libraries of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) currently being negotiated between New Zealand and a number of other countries, including the United States. The Agreement is being negotiated in secret in the United States, so it is not possible for anyone not directly involved in the negotiations to know what is being proposed or what will be included in the final Agreement. Libraries and other affected organisations have no opportunity to contribute to the negotiations, or comment on proposals and their likely implications. Tony Millett, Chair of LIANZA’s Copyright Committee, said that, because of the secrecy surrounding the negotiations, libraries and other organisations are confronted by rumours, fed by unofficial leaks. “It is known that the draft Agreement includes a substantial section on intellectual property. LIANZA fears that substantial changes will be made to copyright and other IP legislation, not because such changes are necessarily supported by the New Zealand Government, but in order to conform with the wishes...

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