A bestselling book. A standing ovation. A chart topping song.

They are some of the rewards for the creative drive to produce something new.

While the acclaim is welcome, the works also generate value for the creator through copyright.

Copyright protects the expression of ideas, concepts and information and covers two broad categories:

  • original “works” such as literary works, dramatic works, musical works and artistic works; and
  • “subject matter other than works” such as films, sound recordings, broadcasts and published editions.

Copyright is a powerful tool that enables creators of new and original works to stop others from copying and using their creative output for themselves.

Putting a unique design on a t-shirt, using part of a song in another song, copying text into another published work without the permission of the original creator or compensating them are just a few examples of actions that can amount to copyright infringement.

And in today’s world where copying can be done with just a few keystrokes on a computer, it’s more important than ever to be vigilant to protect original work.

Our legal experts can help you with:

  • Advice on copyright subsistence, ownership, acquisition and licensing;
  • Preparing documentation proving ownership of copyright;
  • Copyright clearances and due diligence enquiries;
  • Opinions on enforcement and infringement and;
  • Acting for you in copyright cases in the Federal Court of Australia.