Copyright is a set of rights which become vested in authors of original works and other subject matter such as sound recordings, cinematograph films and broadcasts. In Australia, copyright protection is free and arises automatically under the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) (Copyright Act) when material is created. There is no copyright registration system.
The owner of the copyright in literary, artistic, musical and dramatic works has exclusive rights to reproduce the work in a material form, to publish the work, and to communicate the work to the public. Another person cannot do any of the acts comprised in the copyright without the licence or authority of the copyright owner. Copyright protects the form of expression of ideas, not ideas themselves.
Generally, copyright lasts for 70 years after the death of the author, where the work has been published or made available to the public. There are some exceptions under the Copyright Act.