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"The copyright law of Australia defines the legally enforceable rights of creators of creative and artistic works under Australian law."
Copyright law of Australia. (2017). In Wikipedia. Retrieved October 3, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright_law_of_Australia.
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Find an Answer : Australian Copyright Council
The Australian Copyright Council is an independent, non-profit organisation. Founded in 1968, we represent the peak bodies for professional artists and content creators working in Australia’s creative industries and Australia’s major copyright collecting societies.
We are advocates for the contribution of creators to Australia’s culture and economy; the importance of copyright for the common good. We work to promote understanding of copyright law and its application, lobby for appropriate law reform and foster collaboration between content creators and consumers.
Copyright Agency : previously known as CAL
The Copyright Agency is an Australian not-for-profit organisation that has been standing up for creators for more than 40 years. We enable the reuse of copyright-protected words and images in return for fair payment to creators.
Our vision is for a world that encourages and supports creativity, communication and learning.
Our mission is to provide simple ways for people to reproduce, store and share words, images and other creative content, in return for fair payment to creators. We are committed to encouraging the development of lively and diverse markets for published works with our range of commercial licences and through our Cultural Fund.
•Integrity: We are real people who believe in what we stand for and can be trusted to do as we say.
•Creativity: We appreciate the time and unique skill that goes into making original works and how these works entertain, educate and inspire a rich and diverse Australian culture. We stand up for creators’ rights.
•Responsiveness: We are flexible and adapt to change. We listen to others and are quick to respond.
•Transparency: We are open and honest in all our dealings and will take responsibility for what we do. We work hard to build and foster good relationships.
Copyright Amendment Act 2017 : Copyright Agency
The Copyright (Disabilities and Other Measures) Act was passed on 15 June 2017.
The Act implements a number of amendments supported by both creators and users of copyright content. Most amendments will come into effect in December 2017. The amendments regarding unpublished works will come into effect in January 2019.
The amendments will:
•simplify the statutory licences for education
•extend the exception for exams to online exams
•simplify and update the provisions that enable libraries and other collecting institutions to make ‘preservation copies’ of material in their collections such as manuscripts
•introduce a fixed term of protection for unpublished works that are currently covered by copyright indefinitely
•simplify and update the provisions that allow the making of accessible format versions for people with disabilities
The National Copyright Unit (NCU) is a specialist copyright team responsible for copyright policy and administration for Australian schools and TAFE. It advises and supports the Copyright Advisory Group (CAG), an advisory group of the Education Council. CAG members include Federal, State and Territory Departments of Education, all Catholic Education Offices, the Independent Schools Council of Australia and the TAFE sector (excluding Victorian TAFEs). Under the Australian Constitution, copyright is a federal responsibility while education is managed by the states and territories. CAG ensures co-ordination and co-operation between the states and territories in relation to copyright as a national issue. The NCU is based in Sydney and consists of the National Copyright Director, National Copyright Manager, Senior Officer and Executive Assistant. Its primary responsibilities include:
•Negotiating and managing statutory and voluntary licences with copyright collecting societies on behalf of schools and TAFE
•Liaising with other education sectors and industry bodies on copyright policy issues
•Preparing submissions to Government inquiries on educational copyright issues
•Providing specialist copyright advice to jurisdictions on copyright issues affecting schools and TAFE
•Implementing Smart Copying initiatives, including the use of Open Education Resources, designed to reduce the cost of copying within schools.
All inquiries about the National Copyright Unit should be directed to:
National Copyright Unit
Level 7, 105 Phillip Street, Parramatta NSW 2150
Telephone: 02 7814 3855
Creative Commons is an international non-profit organisation that provides free licences and tools that copyright owners can use to allow others to share, reuse and remix their material, legally. Releasing material under a CC licence makes it clear to users what they can or cannot do with the material. The six standardised CC licences each allow material to be used in a different way.
Creative Commons Australia is the affiliate that supports Creative Commons in Australia and administers the Australian Creative Commons licences. Contact us if you have questions or want to stay in touch.
Creative Commons Australia is part of a global affiliate network working to support and promote CC activities around the world.
The CCau affiliate vision is to provide excellent support, advocacy and education to further the adoption of Creative Commons in Australia. You can learn about our priority Goals here.
Since its launch in 2005, CC Australia has been a collaborative project, and we are grateful for the generous support of a large body of staff, volunteers, alumni, and friends.
Creative Commons Australia is currently run by three Australian organisations with joint responsibility for the project:
•Queensland University of Technology is responsible for the Legal, GLAM, Private & Creative Sectors. Emeritus Professor Tom Cochrane and Dr Nicolas Suzor are the Project Leads from QUT.
•The Australian Governments’ Open Access and Licensing Programme (AusGOAL) is responsible for Publicly Funded Information. Baden Appleyard is the Project Lead from AusGOAL.
•The National Copyright Unit (NCU) to the Copyright Advisory Group, COAG Education Council is responsible for the Education sector. Delia Browne, the National Copyright Director of the NCU, is the Project Lead for Education.
APRA / AMCOS
We're here for the music. We help music creators get paid for their work and give music users easy ways to legally play and copy what they like. Royalties keep the music coming and ensure the industry’s future. And that’s what we all want to hear.
Copyright : Attorney-General's Dept : Australian government
The Attorney-General's Department encourages the dissemination and exchange of information provided on this website.
The Commonwealth owns the copyright in all material produced by this department.
All material presented on this website is provided under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence, with the exception of:
•the Commonwealth Coat of Arms
•this department's logo
•content supplied by third parties.
The details of the relevant licence conditions are available on the Creative Commons website, as is the full legal code for the CC BY 4.0 license.
Material obtained from this website is to be attributed to this department as:
© Commonwealth of Australia 2018.
Third party copyright
Wherever a third party holds copyright in material presented on this website, the copyright remains with that party. Their permission may be required to use the material.
This department has made all reasonable efforts to:
•clearly label material where the copyright is owned by a third party
•ensure that the copyright owner has consented to this material being presented on this website.
Using the Commonwealth Coat of Arms
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