This information has been developed by the National and State Libraries of Australasia (NSLA) as an information guide for library users about copyright in library collections. You can obtain a printable copy of this information from the NSLA website.

This information on copyright does not constitute legal advice. Rather it is intended to provide information and guidance on copyright and copying material in library collections.

About copyright

General information about copyright: What copyright is, why we have it, who owns copyright and for how long it may last


What you need to know about getting permission to copy, if required

Finding copyright owners

How to locate copyright owners

Copying works with Indigenous cultural content

Indigenous works may have additional legal and cultural issues associated with copying. Cultural clearances may be necessary.

Copyright links

Useful websites to locate collecting institutions, legal aspects of copyright and intellectual property rights.


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