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NZ book sector campaign to promote creative rights

The New Zealand Society of Authors, the Publishers Association of New Zealand, and Copyright Licensing New Zealand (CLNZ) have launched a new campaign to promote creative rights.

The ‘Creative Rights = Creative Reads’ campaign aims to help New Zealanders understand the role of creative rights like copyright, how they underpin the success of New Zealand’s book sector, and how they contribute ‘to the country’s social, economic and cultural wellbeing’.

‘Creative rights are the mechanism that ensures authors and publishers own and are able to earn from their work,’ the organisers said in a statement. ‘The campaign highlights that when we value those rights, the result is more creativity, more local stories, more inspirational ideas, and access to more local knowledge.’

CLNZ chief executive Paula Browning said a review of the Copyright Act is on the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment’s agenda. ‘Over the course of this it will be vital to ensure the rights of creators are at the heart of the process,’ said Browning. ‘We believe that helping New Zealanders to understand how creative rights work in the book sector, and the ways in which these rights contribute to Aotearoa, will help foster a meaningful conversation on copyright—and keep the pages turning!’

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