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Australia: Copyright


Michael Williams and Cameron Andrews of Gilbert + Tobin explain the copyright aspects of Australian law and practice, including the options for enforcement

What forms of work are protected by copyright in your jurisdiction and what is the duration of protection for each type of work? If certain categories of work are protected by related rights please also give details.

Australian copyright law protects original works, including literary, dramatic, artistic, and musical works (part III). Copyright also protects subject matter other than works, including cinematographic films, sound recordings, television and sound recordings and published editions of works (part IV). Computer programs are defined as a form of literary work (section 10).

In the case of works, the term of copyright is generally the life of the author plus 70 years (section 33(2)). This period is extended in the case of literary, dramatic and musical works that have not been published, performed in public or broadcast before the death of the author, or if records of the work had not been offered or exposed...


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