Copyright Advisor

I have a passion for empowering others with copyright knowledge for the GLAM sector (galleries, libraries, archives and museums) and highlighting the benefits of open access. This site offers an overview of the work I have undertaken in this field to date and is home to various resources and writings I have published. I am currently the Copyright Advisor at Auckland University of Technology.


COPY-RIOT — LIANZA, Library Life issue 465
March 2018
An interview about my passion for copyright, the upcoming copyright review and the copyright chatbot I created as a fun and engaging tool.

Considering legal and ethical frameworks of copyright —Auckland Museum
16 March 2018
An overview of the ethical and legal aspects of rights management at Auckland Museum.

Considering Ethics when Reproducing Traditional Knowledge — TUSK
22 August 2017
A variety of viewpoints and anecdotes on how to cater for indigenous communities and how these communities might want their objects cared for or reproduced.

300,000 Open Images and Counting... — Auckland Museum
14 July 2017
A blog that celebrates the release of over 300,000 openly available images on Auckland Museum's collections online and highlights creative ways people are reusing content.

Enriching Our Online Collections: Managing Image Rights for Digital Surrogates — Auckland Museum
22 October 2016
An overview of rights management at Auckland Museum.

Diversifying Your Idea About Copyright — TUSK
13 May 2016
A short piece demystifying copyright in our everyday lives.

Towards a Connected Commons — Master's Dissertation
March 2016
Two case studies examining New Zealand collecting domains establishing Open GLAM practices for digital collections.

Towards a Connected Commons — NZCommons
2 July 2015
The conversation surrounding the reuse of digital collections from cultural heritage institutions.


Copyright for GLAMS Chatbot
Created 2018
A simple Facebook Messenger chatbot that helps galleries, libraries, archives and museums determine the copyright status of a work under the New Zealand Copyright Act 1994.

Copyright Guide for Cultural Heritage Collections — Auckland Museum
Created 2018
A comprehensive guide created for Auckland Museum as an introduction to copyright and covers how to determine the copyright status of a work, researching and locating copyright owners.

Creative Commons Copyright Licensing for Copyright Holders — Auckland Museum
Created 2015
A pamphlet created for Auckland Museum to send to copyright owners explaining Creative Commons licensing.

Open GLAM for Cultural Heritage Sector Professionals — Victoria University of Wellington
Created 2015
A LibGuide created for an Information Studies elective paper as part of my Master in Museum and Heritage Studies. The LibGuide explains open GLAM and provides resources for GLAM professionals to inform their own open licensing practice.


Getting your Collections Open — Workshop Facilitator
National Digital Forum
Wellington, New Zealand, November 2017

Considering Legal & Ethical Aspects of Cultural Collections at Auckland Museum
Plurilateralism and the Future of IP in the Asia Pacific
Auckland, New Zealand, November 2017, AUT

Case Examples: Ecosystem of a Copyright Work
Balancing Copyright in New Zealand
Wellington, New Zealand, October 2017

Reuse of Cultural Heritage: A Challenging Topic — Workshop Facilitator
Sharing is Caring: Hamburg Extension
Hamburg, Germany, April 2017

Auckland Museum's Collection Online: Gifting Our Collection for the Benefit of All
Graz, Austria, April 2017

Copyright Q&A — Panellist
National Digital Forum
Wellington, New Zealand, November 2016

Copyright — Workshop Facilitator
National Digital Forum
Wellington, New Zealand, November 2016

Copyright 2.0 — Workshop Facilitator
Museums Australasia Conference
Auckland, New Zealand, May 2016

Conference Panellist
Museums Aotearoa Conference
Napier, New Zealand, April 2014


Recently I completed a Master’s in Museum & Heritage Studies, focusing on the adoption of the Open GLAM philosophy within New Zealand cultural heritage institutions. Since completion I have taken on the role of Rights Specialist at Auckland War Memorial Museum, where I manage rights and permissions for digital images of collection and provide clear and consistent statements for online visitors. Additionally, I am involved with implementing a cultural permissions statement which is assigned to images of Māori and Pacific objects, ensuring ethical and cultural considerations are taken into account alongside legal considerations. The Museum's philosophy towards access and reuse of our digitised collections is ‘open by default, closed by exception.’

I am currently the Secretary for the Board of Trustees for the New Zealand Fashion Museum and continue to be involved with helping GLAM institutions around New Zealand open up their collections for reuse.