Ownership in copyright works can be a complicated matter, particularly where a number of people created the work, or when the work was created by an employee or under a commission.  Note, however, that in New Zealand the commissioning rule only applies to certain types of works, including computer programmes, photographs, paintings, drawings (of any sort), sculptures, films or sound recordings.

It is important to sort out ownership details of a copyright work, particularly when you are commissioning a work, considering taking infringement action, assigning, or licensing use of a work.

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