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Useful links

World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) – a global database that provides free of charge access to legal information on intellectual property (IP), including IP laws and regulations.

What is Intellectual Property – page on WIPO site that has a downloadable PDF file. The document introduces the main types of IP, explains how the law protects them, and explains the work of WIPO.

The Mataatua Declaration on Cultural and Intellectual Property Rights of Indigenous Peoples – page on WIPO where you can download a PDF of the full document that outlines the recommendations and guidelines for cultural and IP rights of indigenous peoples.

Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) – detailed information about trade marks, patents, and registered designs

The site also has databases of registered patents, trade marks, and designs. Anyone can search the databases to check that a product or mark has not already been registered by somebody else. Note that copyright is not registrable anywhere – it arises automatically by law.

Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand

Creative Commons – provides information about creative commons in a range of situations, such as journalism, brochures, posters, case studies, and more. Resources are provided via PDFs, videos, and links to external sources.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) – nonprofit organization established to raise funds for lobbying, litigation, and education about civil liberties on the Internet.

EFF is a United States-based civil liberties group "defending freedom in the digital world" by protesting about the expansion of intellectual property rights at the expense of the public domain.


Developed for the Technology Online site from a study by Susan Corbett, Louise Starkey and Ann Bondy, Victoria University of Wellington.

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