Copyright, Libraries, New Zealand, and the World

A seminar presentation by Professor Kenneth D Crews was jointly hosted by APCA and the New Zealand Centre of International Economic Law (NZCIEL) at Victoria University’s Pipitea Campus on 22 June 2016. The seminar was chaired by Associate Professor Susan Corbett, General Secretary of APCA, and was attended by a large audience of academics, lawyers and government officials. 

Prof Kenneth D Crews with APCA General Secretary Assoc Prof Susan Corbett (left) and Prof Susy Frankel (right)    

Professor Crews is a United States – based attorney, author, professor, and international copyright consultant who has spent 25 years researching, advising and teaching about copyright issues for education and research. He is the author of three reports to the World Intellectual Property Organisation. In his presentation, Professor Crews reflected on the permitted exceptions for education and libraries in New Zealand copyright law and other countries in the Asian Pacific region, and contrasted these with United States’ fair use provisions. He also touched upon the current hot topic of the Trans-Pacific Partnership in terms of its potential effect on copyright exceptions in relation to libraries and archives.