During the Covid-19 Level 4 lockdown, the Copyright Tribunal will be closed.

Any hearings that had been set down during the period of the lockdown have been adjourned. You will be contacted with new dates in the future, once the lockdown has been lifted.

The Tribunal is unable to process any new or existing applications during this period of lockdown, however you may wish to submit new information to the email address on the website.

Thank you for your co-operation.

The Copyright Tribunal hears disputes about:

  • copyright licensing agreements under the Copyright Act 1994  
  • applications about illegal uploading and downloading of copyrighted work.

These issues are covered by the Copyright Act 1994 which is administered by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

Copyright Act 1994(external link)

The tribunal doesn’t deal with:

  • intellectual property issues
  • complaints about someone using a logo or design without permission
  • disputes such as a songwriter alleging someone is using part of their music in a song or has used a riff that belongs to them.

If you want to make a complaint about intellectual property, visit the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment intellectual property page(external link)

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