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Copyright

Copyright provides legal protection for people who express original ideas and information in certain formats. The most common forms are writing, visual images, music and moving images.

We are responsible for managing the Copyright Act 1968 and Circuit Layouts Act 1989. We also develop Australian copyright policy and represent Australia’s interests in relation to international copyright issues.

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Copyright basics

This page contains information on copyright policy in Australia.

For copyright owners

This page contains information for owners of copyright material in Australia. You can find more detailed information in the short guide to copyright.

For copyright users

This page contains information for users of copyright material in Australia. You can find more detailed information in the short guide to copyright.

For government agencies

This page contains information on use of copyright material by State/Territory and Commonwealth Government agencies.

Past copyright reforms and consultations

This page contains information on recent copyright reform in Australia.