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Copyright in Schools

This section provides general information about copyright and licensing of material and how it affects New Zealand primary and secondary schools. In particular, it informs the main groups within school communities about their basic rights and responsibilities in relation to copyright material, and recent developments in legislation. It is a guide only and not intended to be legal advice or address every possible situation where copyright may be relevant.

To find out about recent developments in legislation go to the legislation section of the Copyright Council website.

For an overview of  copyright legislation, go to: What is copyright?

For guidelines on aspects of copyright and licensing that are particularly relevant to specific groups see:

Principals and trustees | Teachers and contractors | Library staff | Students | Parents and whānau

To aid users, the website has sections which focus on the aspects of copyright that are most likely to affect the people in that group. These sections are:

 An overview from Copyright Council of New Zealand that outlines who can do what legally when it comes to using copyright material in the educational sector.

These frequently asked questions have general answers to questions about copyright. They should not be relied upon for legal advice.

This section provides information about the different types of copyright licences available in New Zealand and which organisation to contact depending on what type of work it is.

Free to Mix: An educator’s guide to reusing digital content can be found here.

Copyright and privacy interact over the publication or showing of identifying information about students, most often photographs and videos of students.

Policies, contracts and permission forms. It is always advisable to seek legal advice before finalising the wording of any contractual agreement.

Click here for a list of related links and useful websites.

Information about the Copyright disclaimer.

This section outlines the terms of use which apply to this website.


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