From 18 May 2020 and at Level 2 of the COVID-19 Alert level, the office of Copyright Tribunal will re-open to the public by appointment only. The Tribunal will continue to receive and process new matters and submissions sent via email.

Parties are encouraged to send documents via email in the first instance, followed by hard copies as necessary, sent by courier or post.

The Copyright Tribunal hears disputes about:

  • copyright licensing agreements under the Copyright Act 1994  
  • applications about illegal uploading and downloading of copyrighted work.

These issues are covered by the Copyright Act 1994 which is administered by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

Copyright Act 1994(external link)

The tribunal doesn’t deal with:

  • intellectual property issues
  • complaints about someone using a logo or design without permission
  • disputes such as a songwriter alleging someone is using part of their music in a song or has used a riff that belongs to them.

If you want to make a complaint about intellectual property, visit the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment intellectual property page(external link)

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