Basics of Copyright

Copyright is a statutory property right and exists in original literary, dramatic, musical or artistic works. The requirement for originality does not mean that the idea behind the work has to be original, only that the idea is expressed in the work in an original form.

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How to Apply

Through the Print Media Copyright Agency (PMCA), your organisation can now obtain a licence to legitimately copy articles from most major print media publications in New Zealand.

To obtain a standard PMCA licence, please complete the Licence Application (DOC) form.


What authority does the PMCA have?
The PMCA is authorised by the publishers of a large range of newspapers and magazines to grant non-exclusive licences to copy cuttings. The statutory framework for the PMCA is the Copyright Act 1994.

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