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6.4.1 Copyright

Use your information  appropriately
6.1 Privacy and security
6.2 Censorship and freedom of speech
6.3 Netiquette
6.4 Intellectual property
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6.4.2 Fair dealing
6.5 Plagiarism
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The Copyright Act 1968 protects the economic rights of a creator and ensures the work is not used without the creator’s permission.

Refer to ECU's Copyright website for policies, guidelines and recent amendments relating to copyright.

Creators do not need to apply for copyright in Australia. Protection under the Act is free and automatic from the time the work is first recorded in some way (Australian Copyright Council).

Duration of copyright

Generally, copyright protection under the Act lasts for 70 years after the death of the creator. For anonymous works, films, sound recordings and works not made public during the creator’s life, copyright protection lasts for 70 years from the end of the year in which the material was first published. After that time period, copyright has expired and works are said to be in the public domain.

Once in the public domain, material can be used without infringing copyright, and permissions are no longer needed. Keep in mind however that other laws may still apply such as the Trade Practices Act 1974.

The copyright notice ©

A copyright notice consists of the symbol ©, followed by the name of the copyright owner and the year of first publication.

In Australia, a copyright notice does not need to be recorded to ensure protection under the Act, however it does remind users that the work is protected and identifies the copyright owner.


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