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Copyright

Copyright protection in Papua New Guinea is automatic provided you meet the requirements of the PNG Copyright legislation Copyright & Neighboring Rights Act 200

Earlier this year, a young man came to me concerned about a potential copyright infringement matter. Like any typical copyright matter, a design he created was copied by a corporate entity and subsequently applied on a line garments and sold to the public.  All this, without his authority. He was obviously disappointed when saw the...
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Susan is an up and coming fashion designer in Papua New Guinea.  She’s been in the industry for a couple of years now but still considers herself an “amateur”.  About a year ago while shopping at one of the local retailers, she saw a skirt displayed at the storefront. She immediately noticed a familiar design...
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Papua New Guinea has existing copyright legislation, namely, the Copyright and Neighboring Rights Act 2000. There is a general tendency for Papua New Guineans to think that copyright only covers music or some form of writing.  For this reason, we’ve tried to list below the kind of works that are eligible for copyright protection under...
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A colleague recently referred me to a product that was being sold on a French fashion website MatchesFashion.com. The product, which appears to come under the brand “The Row” – a US fashion label, is that of a stringed knitted bag much like Papua New Guinea’s iconic stringed bag, the Bilum.  Ironically, the product itself...
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