|Fortunately for the All-Blacks they are allowed to continue to perform the haka Ka Mate. This|
is not such good news for Merpel, who had hoped they'd do this funky Kat Dance instead ...
For those readers who have not been privileged to keep their hands up in the air, the traditional dance performed by the All Blacks is a haka -- a traditional ancestral war cry or challenge by the Māori people in New Zealand, collectively performed though a display of vigorous hand movements, foot-stamping and aggressive chanting. The haka performed by the All Blacks is the 'Ka Mate'. This was composed by Te Rauparaha (c.1760 to 27 November 1849), a war leader of the Ngāti Toa tribe of the North Island, as a celebration of life over death after his lucky escape from his enemies.
So, apart from revealing her love of antipodean sport and/or choreographed performances, why is this Kat telling you about hakas?
Unfortunately, this Kat has not been able to get her paws on the Deed of Settlement, which the Office of Treaty Settlements promises to be available here. However, from the helpful discussions of local law firms Simpson Grierson and Baldwins, she understands that attribution is required for
- publishing haka Ka Mate for commercial purposes (such as for advertisements featuring the haka Ka Mate, but this would exclude official sponsor advertisements featuring the All Blacks performing the haka Ka Mate)
- communicating haka Ka Mate online
- the public showing of any film which contains the haka Ka Mate.
- public performances of the haka Ka Mate (thus performances by sporting teams such as the All Blacks will not be affected, but attribution will be required if that performance is broadcast commercially)
- use of the haka Ka Mate for educational purposes
- use of the haka Ka Mate for the purposes of criticism, review or reporting the news.
Says the IPKat, the prospect of rights of attribution being extended to authors of works long out of copyright is most appealing. He wonders whether the time has come for a public inquiry into one of the greatest attribution mysteries of the past millennium: who really wrote the works that were credited to William Shakespeare?
Merpel is just mesmerised by the words "haka Ka Mate", which are an anagram of "Make a Kat -- Ha!"