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
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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