US eyes NZ copyright laws (TVNZ)

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    There are plans to almost double the length of New Zealand's copyright protection as part of a multi-national trade deal with the United States.

    Leaked documents have revealed the US is pushing for changes to copyright laws which would affect Kiwi musicians, artists and authors.

    Intellectual property rights are currently protected under copyright law for 50 years after the creators' death, but the US wants this extended to 70 years.

    New Zealand musician Ray Colombus said anything that benefits the artist is a benefit for the country.

    "Some people believe in public domain. Why? Just so you can rip off dead people's works? That's pathetic."

    But the push to give publishing and recording companies greater rights is more controversial. They want the term of copyright protection almost doubled to 95 years after a work is first released.

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