Introduction to copyright in software in New Zealand
This resource outlines how software is afforded protection under New Zealand’s Copyright Act.
Resource \ 27 Sep 2017
Traditionally, copyright was conferred on literary, artistic, dramatic and musical works. Computer programs attract copyright by being classed as ‘literary works’. The Copyright Act 1994 achieves this by defining ‘literary work’ to include ‘a computer program’.
This information sheet explains how software is afforded protection under New Zealand’s Copyright Act.