libraries

   
National Library of Australia
http://www.nla.gov.au
State Library of Victoria
http://slv.vic.gov.au
State Library of Queensland
http://slq.qld.gov.au
State Library of Tasmania
http://statelibrary.tas.gov.au
State Library of South Australia
http://slsa.sa.gov.au
State Library of Western Australia
http://liswa.wa.gov.au
Library of Northern Territory
http://ntl.nt.gov.au
   
   
   

copyright


Below, we have included a basic description of the Australian copyright laws in regards to writers. We advise everyone to take the time to visit the Copyright Council for an in-depth description of all copyright scenarios involving writers.

Under Australian law, you automatically have copyright over your written work. Since the Free Trade Agreement between Australia and the United States of America (AUSFTA), the previous length of copyright after death has been increased from 50 years to 70 years. However, if copyright expired before 1st January 2005, the copyright will not be revived, therefore falling under the old copyright laws of life plus 50 years.

Once copyright has expired, the work or works in question become public domain and can be freely used. Hence, if a literary piece has never been published (made available to the public), copyright does not expire. Works published under a pseudonym are only copyright protected for 70 years from the year of publication.

The © symbol is significant under U.S. law. Magazines and newspapers, when paying, pay for the right to be the first publisher of your work. They will add the © to the writers name upon publication.

 

For more information regarding copyright in Australia:

AUSTRALIAN COPYRIGHT COUNCIL
PO Box 1986
Strawberry Hills, NSW 2012

Phone: 02 8815 9777
Fax: 02 8815 9799
Email: info@copyright.org.au

 

COPYRIGHT AGENCY LTD
Level 15, 233 Castlereagh Street
Sydney, NSW 2000

Phone: 02 9394 7600  /  Toll Free: 1800 066 844
Fax: 02 9394 7601
Email: info@copyright.com.au

 

For further information regarding the copyright of your work when used in a foreign country:

INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF REPRODUCTION RIGHTS ORGANISATIONS
Rue du Prince Royal 87
B-1050 Brussels
BELGIUM

Phone: +32 2 551 08 99
Fax: +32 2 551 08 95
Email: secretariat@ifrro.org