Copyright links

The law

For the current version of the Copyright Act 1968 (Commonwealth) go to: www.comlaw.gov.au/copyrightact1968

The current version of the Copyright Act includes all changes made by amending legislation, such as the Copyright Amendment (Moral Rights) Act 2000, the Copyright Amendment (Digital Agenda) Act 2000, the relevant parts of the US Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act 2004, and the Copyright Amendment Act 2006. There is generally no need to look at any of these amending acts.

For an overview of the Copyright Act see the Attorney-General’s Department’s Copyright page: www.ag.gov.au/Pages/Copyright.aspx

Collecting societies and other ways to find copyright owners

  • Through Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) you can pay for a licence to copy certain books, articles, essays and artwork: www.copyright.com.au
  • Through Viscopy you can pay for a licence to copy the works of some Australian artists, craftspeople and photographers: www.viscopy.org.au
  • Through Australasian Performing Rights Association (APRA) and Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS) you can pay for a licence to copy, perform or broadcast certain music: www.apra-amcos.com.au
  • Through Screenrights, educational institutions and government agencies can pay for a licence to copy or broadcast certain film, television and radio productions: www.screen.org
  • Through Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) you can pay for a licence to broadcast some recorded music or perform it in public: www.ppca.com.au
  • Through the Australian Publishers Association website you can find links to around 185 Australian publishers: www.publishers.asn.au
  • On the Publishers Global website you can find publishers listed by country. It has links to publishers in around 55 countries, including links to around 420 Australian publishers: www.publishersglobal.com
  • The Firms Out of Business (FOB) database lists some of the international publishing firms, magazines, literary agencies and similar organisations that are no longer in existence: www.fob-file.com
  • The Australian Society of Authors has a list of Australian authors with links to their individual web pages: www.asauthors.org
  • The WATCH database is a useful source for contact details of international writers: www.watch-file.com
  • The Australian Copyright Council provides an information sheet on ways to contact government agencies to get permission to copy their material: www.copyright.org.au

Organisations with expertise in copyright and other intellectual property rights

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