In this digital age, protection and enforcement of copyright works is core to the success of many businesses.

With what is widely regarded as New Zealand's leading copyright team, our experts regularly provide strategic and enforcement advice to some of the world's leading multi-nationals.

Our team prides itself on providing commercial, strategic advice - from strategies for protection and commercialisation, through to enforcement.

We have particular expertise in copyright policy and lobbying. As well as providing advice to the Select Committee to Parliament on the implementation of digital copyright amendments, Simpson Grierson regularly advises businesses in relation to the implications of copyright reform.

We are regularly involved in copyright licensing, particularly within the IT, music, and new technologies sectors. Our depth of experience in copyright has also meant that Simpson Grierson is regularly chosen for the most complex copyright disputes.

We are co-author of Lexis Nexis Copyright and Design in New Zealand.

Work Highlights

Lucas Mill 

Our work has included advising on a patent and copyright dispute with a former manufacturer.

Seven Network 

We have advised on a copyright and contract dispute about images in magazines imported into New Zealand.


We advised on the successful defence of copyright, moral rights and trade mark infringement proceedings by Mitre 10 in relation to comparative advertisements.

Specialized Bicycles 

We acted on Court of Appeal litigation relating to infringement of bicycle designs.


We advised on the copyright aspects of the launch and use of core platform technologies.

Sony Music 

We advised on the enforcement and licensing of music repertoire and advising the Select Committee to Parliament on proposed digital amendments to copyright legislation.

Te Kete Ipurangi 

Our work has included drafting Copyright Policy for New Zealand Secondary Schools.

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