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09. Copyright

Copyright is a bundle of rights that creative industry professionals own in relation to their work. It exists in every kind of creative work you do as it exists automatically once you have created work is free, can be shown by a symbol and is the most powerful rights you can own as a creator as it enables you to control your work and get money for your work. Copyright gives you ownership rights to your work, it is free legal protection when you create a piece of work that gives you the support of Australian and international laws.

Copyright means that only you have the rights to do certain things with your work. You have the right to:

  • reproduce or copy your work
  • communicate your work to the public, for example by broadcasting (TV, radio), by email or on the internet
  • publish your work
  • perform your work
  • adapt your work

Copyright protects the following categories of creative works:

Artistic works

  • paintings
  • drawings
  • engravings
  • photographs
  • installations
  • cartoons and graphic art
  • craftwork

Dramatic works

  • choreography
  • theatre plays
  • screenplays

Musical works

  • melodies
  • tunes
  • compositions

Literary works (material in text form)

  • short stories or novels
  • poems
  • song lyrics
  • scripts
  • letters or articles in a newspaper
  • reports

Sound recordings

  • compact discs (CDs)
  • tapes
  • digital recordings


  • television
  • radio
  • internet podcasts
  • films

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