This note is not part of the regulations, but is intended to indicate their general effect.
The principal regulations enable New Zealand authors whose books are held in New Zealand libraries to claim payments for those books in recognition of the fact that having the books in libraries might reduce the number of books that are sold. The payments are made at the end of each year.
Currently, authors have until 15 April in the following year to challenge the amount to which they are entitled in a year. Consequently, the administering department has to hold back some of the funds that would otherwise be distributed to authors in case there are any successful challenges after the payments are made.
These regulations amend the principal regulations to change the timetable for determining the eligibility of books, the registration of authors, and the making of challenges so that all matters relating to the payments to be made for a year are resolved before the payments for that year are made. The amendments also clarify the right of authors to challenge the determination of the number of their books that are held in libraries and the procedure for doing so.
Date of notification in Gazette: 12 November 2015.
These regulations are administered by the Department of Internal Affairs.