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
AUSTRALIAN COPYRIGHT COUNCIL
PO Box 1986
Strawberry Hills, NSW 2012
Phone: 02 8815 9777
Fax: 02 8815 9799
COPYRIGHT AGENCY LTD
Level 15, 233 Castlereagh Street
Sydney, NSW 2000
Phone: 02 9394 7600 / Toll Free:
1800 066 844
Fax: 02 9394 7601
For further information regarding the copyright
of your work when used in a foreign country:
INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF REPRODUCTION
Rue du Prince Royal 87
Phone: +32 2 551 08 99
Fax: +32 2 551 08 95