27 No copyright in certain works
  • (1) No copyright exists in any of the following works, whenever those works were made:

    • (a) any Bill introduced into the House of Representatives:

    • (b) any Act as defined in section 29 of the Interpretation Act 1999:

    • (c) any regulations:

    • (d) any bylaw as defined in section 2 of the Bylaws Act 1910:

    • (e) the New Zealand Parliamentary Debates:

    • (f) reports of select committees laid before the House of Representatives:

    • (g) judgments of any court or tribunal:

    • (h) reports of Royal commissions, commissions of inquiry, ministerial inquiries, or statutory inquiries; or

    • (i) reports of any inquiry established under section 6 of the Inquiries Act 2013.

    (1A) No Crown copyright exists in any work, whenever that work was made,—

    • (a) in which the Crown copyright has not been assigned to another person; and

    • (b) that is incorporated by reference in a work referred to in subsection (1).

    (1B) Except as specified in subsection (1A), nothing in subsection (1) affects copyright in any work that is incorporated by reference in a work referred to in subsection (1).

    (2) Subsection (1) shall come into force on a date to be appointed by the Governor-General by Order in Council; and 1 or more Orders in Council may be made appointing different dates for different paragraphs of that subsection.

    Section 27(1): amended, on 1 November 1999, pursuant to section 38 of the Interpretation Act 1999 (1999 No 85).

    Section 27(1)(h): amended, on 27 August 2013, by section 39 of the Inquiries Act 2013 (2013 No 60).

    Section 27(1)(i): inserted, on 27 August 2013, by section 39 of the Inquiries Act 2013 (2013 No 60).

    Section 27(1A): inserted, on 14 April 2005, by section 3 of the Copyright Amendment Act 2005 (2005 No 33).

    Section 27(1B): inserted, on 14 April 2005, by section 3 of the Copyright Amendment Act 2005 (2005 No 33).

    Section 27(2): subsection (1) brought into force, on 1 April 2001, by the Copyright Act Commencement Order 2000 (SR 2000/245).