Story: Intellectual property law

Selling rights

This 1935 contract records musician and poet Maewa Kaihau's sale of her rights in the song ‘Haere ra’ to Arthur Eady Limited. She was paid £10 (the equivalent to NZ$1,137 in 2014). The song was a mix, based on Clement Scott’s ‘Swiss cradle song’ (the melody used by Māori for the song ‘Pō atarau’) with the lyrics then modified and added to by Kaihau in the 1920s and 1930s. The words were copyrighted in 1928 by Robertson’s Publishers, a business later taken over by Lewis Eady. The song went on to become a hit in Britain and the US in the 1940s.

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Susy Frankel, 'Intellectual property law - Copyright', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 July 2024)

Story by Susy Frankel, published 22 Oct 2014