Copyright's protection of functional objects in New Zealand

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Show simple item record Sims, Alexandra en 2017-01-31T04:00:42Z en 2016 en
dc.identifier.citation Intellectual Property Quarterly 2016(4):297-317 2016 en
dc.identifier.issn 1364-906X en
dc.identifier.uri en
dc.description.abstract Functional objects, such as skis, chainsaw chains, kiwi fruit trays and even pregnancy testing devices, are protected by copyright in New Zealand, albeit the object itself is not protected by copyright; rather, the drawings and other works underlying such objects are protected. Functional objects create challenges for copyright law and are not protected as broadly as more creative and expressive works: the designer of an office chair faces limitations imposed by physics, but the artist painting a chair on canvas has no such obstacles. It is common for drawings that are necessary for the object to be manufactured to be done by people who did not generate the idea for the functional object. Sometimes the drawings will have been commissioned, other times not. Questions of ownership of drawings for functional objects can arise, and then there is the question of infringement. This article explores the issues of commissioning, ownership and infringement of functional objects in New Zealand through the lens of litigation over a machine cup for an automatic asparagus grading machine. en
dc.publisher Sweet and Maxwell en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Intellectual Property Quarterly en
dc.rights Items in ResearchSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated. Previously published items are made available in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. en
dc.rights.uri en
dc.title Copyright's protection of functional objects in New Zealand en
dc.type Journal Article en
pubs.issue 4 en
pubs.begin-page 297 en
pubs.volume 2016 en en
pubs.end-page 317 en
dc.rights.accessrights en
pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 538204 en Business and Economics en Commercial Law en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2016-08-08 en

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