About copyright

  • Copyright basics

    Purpose of copyright, who owns copyright, duration, getting permission, infringement, copyright overseas.

  • Artists' resale royalty

    Under the artists' resale royalty scheme, all resales of artworks for $1,000 or more must be reported, and a 5% royalty is payable on certain resales.

  • Website terms

    It’s important to make sure that terms of use for online content reflect your intentions. Copyright Agency looks at website terms of use to determine if online content was used by a licensee (such as a university) under licence (compensation payable) or under the terms of use (no compensation).

  • Managing rights

    Assigning and licensing rights, licensing terms, Creative Commons licences, 'blackline masters'.

  • Libraries, archives, galleries, museums

    Libraries and other cultural institutions with collections (archives, galleries, museums) can make certain uses of copyright content without the permissions usually required.

  • People with disabilities

    Australia’s copyright legislation allows the conversion of copyright content such as books into accessible formats for people with disabilities.

  • Indigenous culture

    Resources, advice, protocols for Indigenous intellectual property

  • Policy and research

    Government reviews, policy developments, policy submissions, research reports, court decisions, Copyright Tribunal decisions.

  • Court decisions

    These are legal proceedings involving Copyright Agency.

  • Get advice and help

    Here are some sources of advice and information about working as a writer or visual artist, and publishing.

  • Acronyms