Industry organisations have cautiously welcomed the release of the Issues Paper for the review of the Copyright Act.
Although the documents appears to rule out of one the music industry’s key priorities – harmonisation of copyright terms – Recorded Music NZ says it is looking forward to working with the Government on the review.
General counsel Jo Oliver says music is a defining element of NZ culture, with New Zealand musicians continuing to enjoy success both here and overseas.
“Music fans are the winners in all of this and can now access music in more ways than ever before,” she adds. “But this success doesn’t just happen – its essential New Zealand has the right copyright framework that enables full and fair value to be returned to those who create and invest in music.”
Anthony Healey (pictured), head of APRA AMCOS New Zealand, adds APRA AMCOS, adds that creators and consumers all benefit from a strong and robust copyright regime.
“This review into copyright is critical for the future of all our creative industries and we look forward to the artists’ voice and the voices of those that invest in the creative process being part of the discussion into how New Zealand positions itself for the future,” he continues. “Through this review New Zealand has the opportunity to develop world’s best practice to usher in a new era of access, creativity, excellence and export.”
The music industry – along with groups from the film and television sectors– will stress the importance of copyright to New Zealand’s creative sector, which makes a major cultural and economic contribution to the country, as well as providing jobs for thousands of people.