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Mar 12, 2018 - The introduction of more flexible copyright laws could drive greater economic growth and enable New Zealand to capitalise on the shift to a digital economy, according to a new report released at InternetNZ’s NetHui on Copyright today.

Copyright in the Digital Age, a report by Deloitte Access Economics and commissioned by Google, finds that a more flexible approach to copyright exceptions, such as “fair use”, could encourage more digital activity and innovation – from text and data mining to machine learning and cloud computing – and help grow the country’s $16.2 billion digital economy.

New Zealand copyright law currently specifies a number of “fair dealing” exceptions when use of copyright material are permissible. This system can be made more flexible by adding or broadening exceptions to cover new technologies, and in particular, allowing uses that are socially beneficial, transform the work and do not adversely affect the market for the original material.

Deloitte Access Economics Partner Linda Meade says that the system as it stands doesn’t support innovation as much as it could.


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