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Article \ 7 Nov 2023
Article \ 6 Oct 2023
How is traditional Māori knowledge recognised within New Zealand’s IP…
Mātauranga Māori is a term that appears in government policy and is apparent in Treaty Claims and some legislation. Here we consider how certain New Zealand intellectual property laws expressly recognise and respect aspects of Māori culture and traditional knowledge, and what additional steps could be taken to further protect taonga works and mātauranga Māori from inappropriate or offensive use by third parties.
Article \ 4 Oct 2023
What’s in a name – and who can use it?…
Nadene Lomu, widow of the famous All Black number 11, Jonah Lomu, has brought to light her complaints about a potential documentary covering her late husband, arguing that anything to do with her husband must be approved and cleared through her as the owner of trade marks filed to protect the Jonah Lomu name.
Article \ 22 Jun 2023
New Zealand copyright and artificial intelligence
With the availability and popularity of easy-to-use large language model (LLM) artificial intelligence (AI) systems such as ChatGPT, New Zealand (NZ) copyright…
Article \ 7 Mar 2023
“Art is Dead, Dude” – Copyright and Artificial Intelligence in…
While all AI applications will all have nuances in how they were trained, and what they learn from, it is likely that the training will have involved a diffusion model and a database of millions of images.
Article \ 13 Oct 2022
Resale rights for visual artists in New Zealand by 2024
The New Zealand Government is establishing an Artist Resale Royalty Scheme that will allow creators of visual arts to be recognised and rewarded when their work is resold on the secondary art market.
Article \ 2 May 2022
Avoiding copyright lawsuits: record-keeping for creatives
The English High Court recently found in favour of musician Ed Sheeran in a copyright infringement case. Fellow English musician Sami Chokri, who performs under the name Sami Switch, had claimed that Sheeran’s 2017 hit song Shape of You copied an element from his own 2015 song, Oh Why. The judge firmly disagreed, finding there to be significant differences between the songs and concluding that Sheeran had not deliberately, or subconsciously, copied Chokri’s work.