Friday, November 21, 2008

English Language Schools in Spotlight for Breach of Copyright

Three private training institutions have been put on notice for allegedly breaching print copyright as the nationwide crackdown on copyright infringement continues.

Auckland Goldstar Institute, Prime International College and Sheffield Language School - all based in Auckland - have received letters from lawyers acting for New Zealand’s print copyright watchdog, Copyright Licensing Ltd (CLL) alleging copyright infringement.

The schools were discovered to be copying extensive extracts from one or more of English language text books published by Cambridge University Press, Peter Collin Publishers, Pearson Education (NZ) and Pearson Education (UK) and on-selling them to students. Both actions are illegal without an appropriate licence.

General Manager of Pearson Education (NZ), Adrian Keane, says copying large amounts of text then making it available for sale is blatant copyright theft.

‘Schools that copy large amounts of texts or entire books are breaking the law.’

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