Know your rights with Copyright


Tonight I attended the "Copyright, Intellectual Property and Knowing your rights forum " presented by DANZ (Dance Aotearoa New Zealand). This was both fascinating, intense and such good information to know. We were having a conversation about what is copyright and contract law understanding what that really means to artists who are creating works in the community.

This is stuff you need to know people and let's not be silly about it. This stood out as key info to me and I wanted to share it with you. It may seem it bit disjointed, I apologize, I am happy to chat more about anything that jumps out to you. I have taken it verbatim from the presentation of Elizabeth.

We are lucky in Wellington there are always people at hand with information willing to share information on anything your need to know today it came from a lovely woman called Elizabeth Heritage from Creative Commons Aotearoa and her knowledge on copyright law.

So massive thank you to all of the people that have created this information that I am able to share with you:


Copyright is in play from the moment you create a piece of work and then record it, film, audio, notation, written

It is very restrictive

The right to control copies

It does apply online

No C in a circle is required

May be owned my the employer

Can be assigned by contract, how it can change hands and be assigned (this is particularly

key in the work you might wish to create with others)

The expression of the idea: Copyright occurs when you make the thing

Lasts for ages + 50 years, be aware of copyright laws in America and how that effects us.


Fair Dealing (v limited)

You may make a copy for private study, some exceptions for teachers (Check this out) for criticism and review.


A licence or to ask for permission

Licence: Is permission in advance to make copies, a statement of permission

The law says you have exclusive rights to your work

How do you know if work is available in the public domain? Be aware of moral rights, these are manners and contribute

Public Domain

Will take some research, guess by the age of the information or if it is labelled.


Copy but say I did the work: The creator and the owner

Non Commercial

You can copy, adapt but don't sell the thing that you made

If you want to sell we need to have a chat

No Derivatives

You can copy my work but must not change it is any way. Exactly how I made it. Mustn't change the work in any way

Share Alike

You can copy my work and do cool stuff, then replicate the work as you own so it can sit alongside me.

Most common form of copyright for artists


Make new

Attribute me

Don't make money without my permission

Creative Commons will download code to you so you can add to your website with all the formal information you will need




Creativity always builds on the past

Obscurity is a bigger problem than piracy

Utilize creative commons resources

Internet has changed how we work with copyright on the internet


My final thoughts for is:

Use of resources

Share the resources

Be the resource

Keep having a conversation about it and this is a ever changing climate of information

If you're not sure ask for help, Creative Commons,  DANZ, Creative New Zealand are great resources if your ever doubt, quote copyright law into Google and see what comes up.