This is a companion guide to the RMIT Copyright webpages for staff and students.
Contact the Copyright Service via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Copyright is a form of intellectual property.
Copyright protects the form or way an idea or information is expressed, not the idea or information itself (Department of Communication and the Arts, 2016, p.3).
The Copyright Act protects original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works. It includes things like charts, diagrams, figures, tables, visual images, journal articles and books.
The Copyright Act also protects sound recordings, films (which include pre-recorded television programs and videos), radio and television broadcasts and published editions of works.
In Australia, the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth), provides an exclusive right for a period of time to creators, such as artists, authors, designers and photographers, or the assignee to reproduce, publish, communicate or perform the original work.
Generally, the duration of copyright is for the life of the author or creator plus 70 years.
For films made after 1969, it is generally 70 years from the end of the year of first publication.
This Library guide by RMIT University Library is licensed under a CC BY-NC 4.0 licence, except where otherwise noted. All reasonable efforts have been made to clearly label material where the copyright is owned by a third party and ensure that the copyright owner has consented to this material being presented in this library guide. The RMIT University logo is ‘all rights reserved’.