Kiwi Polemicist

Copyright law

I’ve been accused of breaching copyright law. Here’s what S42 of the Copyright Act says:

Criticism, review, and news reporting

(1) Fair dealing with a work for the purposes of criticism or review, of that or another work or of a performance of a work, does not infringe copyright in the work if such fair dealing is accompanied by a sufficient acknowledgement.

(2) Fair dealing with a work for the purpose of reporting current events by means of a sound recording, film, or communication work does not infringe copyright in the work.

(3) Fair dealing with a work (other than a photograph) for the purposes of reporting current events by any means other than those referred to in subsection (2) of this section does not infringe copyright in the work if such fair dealing is accompanied by a sufficient acknowledgement.

Sufficient acknowledgement is defined as

…an acknowledgement identifying-

(a) The work by its title or other description; and

(b) The author of the work, unless,-

(i) In the case of a published work, it is published anonymously:

(ii) In the case of an unpublished work, it is not possible by reasonable inquiry to ascertain the identity of the author:

“Fair dealing” is not defined in the Act (presumably it’s a matter of common law or case law), but I believe that quoting articles in a blog is within this definition.

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