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Over the last 20 years the protection of intellectual property rights has evolved from what could be identified for the most part as a matter of domestic policy to that of a multi-national concern governed by international law The concept of intellectual property rights creates a difficult balancing act for nations to establish where rights must be strong enough to incentivise original innovation yet not so strong that they stifle all future innovation Very few nations can make autonomous decisions regarding intellectual property rights that contradict the AgreementonTrade-RelatedAspects of Intellectual PropertyRights TRIPS Agreement without the fear of an international backlash New Zealand may soon face this process of balancing intellectual property rights with the overall interests of society in relation to the Copyright Parody and Satire Amendment Bill 2012 BillThe Copyright Parody and Satire Amendment Bill 2012Gareth Hughes MP has placed a members bill before the House of Representatives that if drawn from the ballot will be considered by Parliament A review on the possibility of incorporating a parody exception in to New Zealand law was started in 2008 however due to re-prioritisation it was later disregarded During the review parody was defined as a humorous exaggerated imitation of the style of an author artist or work Mr Hughes has stated why he believes a parody exception should be permittedParody and satire are among the oldest forms of criticism and play an important role in making light and creating understanding of issues the public feel strongly about The purpose of the Bill is to Introduce into New Zealand copyright law the authority to use a copyright work for the purpose of parody or satire which brings New Zealands law in line with the laws of other developed countriesIn order to achieve this purpose the Bill proposes to amend s 42 of the Copyright Act and expand the exception of fair dealing to includeFair dealing with a work for the purposes of criticism or review of
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