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Government review rules out copyright term extension

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The Government’s review of copyright legislation looks as if it will not address one of the music industry’s key priorities: the extension of the copyright term from 50 to 70 years.

On Friday (November 23), Commerce and Consumer Affairs minister Kris Faafoi released the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s long-awaited issues paper on the Copyright Act. It is the first stage in a public consultation process, which will include workshops in February and March.

Recorded Music NZ  argues that NZ is one of the few countries that does not give artists and record companies a 70 year term of copyright protection for their work, which means they stop earning revenue from their recordings 50 years after they are released.

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Priorities for copyright review

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Recorded Music NZ has set out its key priorities for the upcoming review of the Copyright Act.

Although the much delayed Government issues paper has still not materialised, the organisation has just published a position paper that identifies the issues that the music industry would like to see addressed in the review.

‘Music Doesn’t Just Happen’ also reiterates the vital role that a robust copyright system plays in supporting music in New Zealand and the importance of generating revenue for those who create and invest in music.

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Going Global: Jacinda Ardern backs 20% radio quota

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The New Zealand Government remains committed to upholding existing local music quotas for commercial radio, according to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

The PM – who is also the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage – told attendees at this year’s Going Global Music Summit that she is “not willing to budge on 20 percent” when it comes to the voluntary code, which was first agreed back in 2002.

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Copyright reform: Damian Vaughan interview

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Copyright reform is back on the agenda with the NZ Government about to embark on a major review of the 1994 act.

It will be first time that the legislation has been revisited since 2008, but illegal music use remains a big issue with the music rights organisations.

In the first of two-part interview, Recorded Music NZ CEO Damian Vaughan outlines what the industry hopes to achieve through the copyright review.

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