The law

  • Copyright Act 1968 (Commonwealth) - current version of the Act.The current version 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.

Australian Copyright Council Information Sheets

The following information sheets are all available from the Browse A-Z page of the Council's website.

  • Governments - Commonwealth, State & Territory (G062) - includes a list of contacts for permission to reproduce government material
  • Moral rights (G043) - a summary of moral rights

Exceptions that allow copying without permission

  • Fair dealing (G079) - advice on exceptions which allow copying, under certain conditions, for research, study, criticism, review, parody, satire, reporting news or legal advice.
  • Quotes and extracts (G034) - advice on using quotes and extracts for purposes ranging from research or study to publication.
  • Research or study (G053) - advice on the exception which allows copying, under certain conditions, for research or study, including the 'ten per cent' rule and what is considered 'fair'.

Duration of copyright

  • Duration of copyright (G023) - will help you work out whether copyright has expired. Includes tables listing duration of copyright by format and works in the public domain.

Copyright in specific types of works

  • Artists & copyright (G033)
  • Maps & charts (G090)
  • Music (various)
  • Websites & copyright (G057)

Collecting societies

Other ways to find copyright owners

Organisations with expertise in copyright & other intellectual property rights