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Duration of Copyright

This table sets out the term of copyright protection in Australia as from 1 January 2005, when changes to Copyright legislation extended the duration of copyright in Australia.  Any material for which copyright had expired before 1 January 2005 remains out of copyright.

Type of Material Factors Affecting Duration Copyright expired before 1 Jan 2005
Duration of Copyright if not expired before 1 Jan 2005
Literary, Dramatic or Musical work (except computer programs) Made public during creator's life (ie published / performed / broadcast / recorded & offered for sale) Creator died before 1 January 1955 Life of creator + 70 yrs
Not made public during creator's life Made public before 1 January 1955 Year made public + 70 yrs
Artistic works Creator died before 1 January 1955 Life of creator + 70 yrs
Computer programs Creator died before 1 January 1955 Life of creator + 70 yrs
Photographs Taken before 1 January 1955 Life of creator + 70 yrs
Engravings Published during creator's life Creator died before 1 January 1955 Life of creator + 70 yrs
Not published during creator's life First published before 1 January 1955 Year first published + 70 yrs
Cinematograph films Made before 1 May 1969 Generally if made before 1 January 1955 Life of cinematographer + 70 yrs
Made after 1 May 1969 N/A Year first published + 70 yrs
Sound recordings Made before 1 January 1955 Year first published + 70 yrs
Broadcasts Made before 1 May 1969 Not protected at all Not protected at all
Made on or after 1 May 1969 N/A Year made + 50 yrs
Published edition (ie typographical arrangement of a published work) First published more than 25 yrs ago Year first published + 25 years

 

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