Copyright licensing Copyright licensing


Every day people make copies of printed material for a number of reasons: education, research, information and business. Often they do so without approval from the copyright owner. Unauthorised copying deprives authors and publishers of valuable income and reduces their incentive to create new material.

Getting your head around the Copyright Act can be frustrating. Not to mention the time consuming process of hunting down the publisher or copyright owner if you need to ask permission to copy their work.

This is where we come in!

Copyright Licensing New Zealand (CLNZ) has gained permission in advance so you can copy and scan from published print material (eg books, journals and newspapers) to share with staff or students. Enjoy hassle free copying and reduce the risk of copyright infringement with a CLNZ licence.

How do we do this?

We derive our authority from legislation which is further supported by our existing agreements with the majority of New Zealand publishers (and through them authors). Through this we are perfectly placed to facilitate the legal use of original work to everyone’s benefit.

We are a not for profit organisation that is jointly owned by the Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) and the New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA). We are also the sole, recognised Reproduction Rights Organisation (RRO) in New Zealand for text based copyright material. The nett income generated from our licences is redistributed back to the owners of the work being copied. In addition, CLNZ puts aside a fixed amount of licensing revenue to the Cultural Fund to support the creation of new text based content.

To calculate how licensing funds are to be distributed, we conduct sampling surveys of our licence holders periodically. Click here to find out more about the Process.