The future of copyright protection policy stands at a crucial juncture.  The challenges we face in technology and globalisation highlight a need to consider the direction of the information commons.  The unique and universal nature of the Internet has the potential to progress society on a massive scale.  To ensure that our future generations have access to these resources and ideas, it is vital for us to pioneer regulation that mirrors our vision for the commons.

This project is designed as part of the assessment for the postgraduate course Policy Analysis and Evaluation at the University of Auckland.  It assesses the development and future direction of copyright policy in New Zealand.  It is considered in light of recent controversy regarding the direction of the policy.  In response to this trend, the report investigates innovative ideas about how copyright protection should be considered for the future.  The author, Nicole Pryor, is completing her honours degree in Political Studies.

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