OP7 Intellectual Property Policy


The open and free exchange of information, knowledge and resources, and the collaborative production of copyright works that are made freely available allows our students’ access to a wider range of high quality learning resources and materials than would otherwise be possible.


The purpose of this policy is to ensure that the Board’s access to materials produced by the Board’s employees in the course of their employment is protected, while encouraging staff to share these works with others.


Learning resources and other materials created by school staff in the course of their employment are an important asset and form a large part of the school’s intellectual capital.

The Board of Trustees of Orakei School therefore:

  1. Recognises that the Board of Trustees holds first ownership of copyright of works produced by the Board’s employees in the course of their employment under section 21(2) of the Copyright Act 1994 (NZ).
  2. Delegates to the Principal the responsibility to
    1. Apply by default a Creative Commons Attribution Licence to all teaching materials and policies in which the Board of Trustees of the school owns copyright.
    2. Apply a Creative Commons Attribution licence to other copyright works, aside from those described in (2a)
    3. Transfer to the original creator the copyright in created works licensed by the school under a Creative Commons Attribution or Creative Commons Share-Alike licence
    4. Ensure that all staff are aware of the terms of this Policy and how it relates to teaching resources they develop in the course of their employment at the school.
  3. Does not make any claim over the ownership of copyright works produced by students. The copyright to these works remains with the creator.
  4. Recognises that this policy only applies to copyright works, and not to any other forms of intellectual property.
  5. Recognises that the copyright in works produced by an employee other than in the course of their employment by the Board of Trustees of the school remains the property of that employee. Where this is unclear, the process for dispute resolution, outlined below, shall apply.

Resolution of Disputed Copyright Ownership

Where the first ownership of copyright in a given work is disputed or unclear, the following process will apply:

  1. In the first instance the dispute should be documented and presented to the school Principal.
  2. If the dispute is still not resolved then the documentation should be presented to the Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
  3. If the dispute is still not resolved following 1) and 2), mediation with an agreed appropriate authority will be undertaken.


Creative Commons: An international non-profit that provides free open licences that copyright holders can use to share their work.

Teaching Materials: Copyright works produced by employees of the school for the purposes of teaching.

Relevant Legislation

Including but not limited to;

  • Copyright Act 1994 (NZ)
  • Creative Commons Attribution Licence
  • Creative Commons Share-Alike licence
  • Education Act 1989
  • National Administration Guidelines

Document Management and Control

Policy / Document Owner: Orakei School Board of Trustees
Operational Policy Number: OP7
Prepared or Reviewed By: W Pihema
Authorised By: The Board of Trustees
Date Policy Approved and Resolution No.: June 12 2017 / 2.6.17
Date Last Reviewed:
Review Frequency: Triennial
Date of Next Review: June 2020


Document History
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