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This page helps users determine whether a given work is in the public domain in New Zealand where this site is hosted.

If a work is in the public domain in the USA, please consider posting it on Commons or Wikisource in accordance with its copyright policy.

Note that the site was formerly hosted in Canada and followed Canadian law. For three months it was temporally hosted in South Korea. Content here must be updated to New Zealand law. See Help:Public domain/Canada for an archive of the rules this site followed while hosted in Canada.



Wikilivres is hosted in New Zealand and follows the Copyright law of New Zealand, the main legal instrument of which is the Copyright Act 1994. The copyright duration in New Zealand for literary works is 50 years.

Where applicable the end user may be restricted in their use of materials hosted here by the legislation of their own country, or by the European Copyright Directive. Wikilivres is a not-for-profit, non-commercial online academic library. All material hosted on Wikilivres is distributed for use in non-commercial research or private study.

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Quick reference

Guide to the duration of copyright under New Zealand law. Advice from the New Zealand Government. Correct 12 January 2019.

Literary works

50 years from the end of the calendar year in which the author dies.

Examples include text including emails, training manuals, novels, song lyrics, tables and compilations including multimedia works and computer programs.

Dramatic works

50 years from the end of the calendar year in which the author dies.

Examples include dance, mime, film scenarios or scripts.

Musical works

50 years from the end of the calendar year in which the author dies.

Examples include score and sheet music.

Artistic works

50 years from the end of the calendar year in which the author dies.

Examples include paintings, drawings, diagrams, maps, models, photographs, sculptures.

Publisher's copyright

Publisher's copyright (typographic layout of a published edition).

25 years from the end of the calendar year in which the work was first published.

Examples include edition layout derived from complete or partial literary, dramatic or musical works.

Sound recording and film

50 years from the end of the calendar year in which the work was made or made available to the public, whichever is later.

Examples include film sound tracks separate to the actual music or story.

Communication works

50 years from the end of the calendar year of the first broadcast or transmission.

Examples include satellite television broadcasts and podcasts and includes repeats.

Product designs and casting moulds

16 years from the time the work is industrially applied.

Examples include injection moulds and their mass produced products.

Works of craftsmanship

25 years from the time the work is industrially applied.

Examples include chairs with hand applied decoration.

Crown copyright

100 years from the end of the calendar year in which the work was made.

Examples include New Zealand government publications.

For Crown copyright work (typographical layout of a government publication), protection lasts 25 years from the end of the calendar year in which the work was first published.

Examples include edition layouts derived from complete or partial New Zealand government literary, dramatic or musical works.

Note

This quick reference guide doesn't list all time limits, and time limits are subject to legislative changes. You can download current Acts and regulations from New Zealand legislation and check on the status of Bills at New Zealand Bills.

Example

Enid Blyton died on 28 November 1968. The copyright of her work stands for 50 years. This is calculated from the end of the calendar year following her death, which is 31 December 1968. Therefore Blyton's works are in the public domain on 1 January 2019 under New Zealand copyright law.