In most cases, the author is the person who creates a work and their fundamental right is to decide how their work will be used.
Before you use a copyright work, you’ll need to contact the owner and request permission, also known as ‘licence’ or ‘clearance’.
If granted, the licence will usually specify the ways in which the work can be used.
Usually the licence holder will have to pay the copyright owner for the use of the copyright work.
Ownership of copyright
During the term of copyright, anyone who wishes to copy or do another restricted act in relation to the relevant work must get permission from the copyright owner, unless the use is permitted under the Copyright Act.
Duration of copyright
In New Zealand, copyright in literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works lasts for the life of the author plus fifty years from the end of the year in which the author dies.