Māori Cultural Heritage and Copyright Law: A Balancing Exercise

(2012) 6 New Zealand Intellectual Property Journal, 916-921

6 Pages Posted: 26 Sep 2012  

Susan Corbett

Victoria University of Wellington

Date Written: September 6, 2012

Abstract

The digitisation of both traditional Māori cultural heritage and also more recent items of Māori provenance held in the collections of New Zealand museums, was the subject of a recent research project funded by the New Zealand Law Foundation. This article considers the practices of museums in regard to the digitisation of collection items of Māori provenance and analyses them in the context of the relevant legal and policy environment in New Zealand; in essence an environment that is comprised of, respectively, the Copyright Act 1994, the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and the theory of cultural property law.

Keywords: Māori cultural heritage, museums, digitisation, copyright

JEL Classification: K39

Suggested Citation

Corbett, Susan, Māori Cultural Heritage and Copyright Law: A Balancing Exercise (September 6, 2012). (2012) 6 New Zealand Intellectual Property Journal, 916-921. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2152159

Susan Felicity Corbett (Contact Author)

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