Australian copyright law protects a broad range of original materials, including written works, images, photos, drawings, plans, designs, three-dimensional shapes, buildings, sound recordings, films and television and sound broadcasts.
How Do I Protect My Copyright?
Copyright Ownership Creation
There is no copyright registration system in Australia. Original materials including text, artworks, music, film, and recordings (including some which are created outside Australia) are automatically protected.
Proof of copyright ownership and authorship are pre-requisites to copyright licensing and enforcement in Australia. Our intellectual property lawyers are experienced in advising on copyright ownership and authorship issues, and preparation of any necessary assignments, licenses, or publishing agreements.
Copyright forms an important part of any business’ or artist’s assets. Managing copyright-protected assets is key to maximising their effectiveness.
Our intellectual property lawyers are experienced in advising on a wide range of issues including copyright subsistence and ownership, assignments and licences, publishing agreements, design overlap issues, structures for managing royalty streams, enforcement and anti-counterfeiting programs, and carrying out copyright audits and due diligence.
There is no single strategy that is appropriate in all circumstances. The course of action for you will depend on your commercial objectives and your specific circumstances. Our lawyers will work with you to assist in developing a tailored copyright strategy suited to your needs.
Commercial agreements and structures
Drafting, negotiating and reviewing assignments and licences and advising on the best commercial structures to suit clients’ needs.
Establishing processes for prevention of imported counterfeits.
Advertising and marketing collateral
Reviewing packaging, websites and advertisements prior to launch.
Providing opinions on copyright ownership and infringement.
Enforcement and litigation
Prosecuting copyright infringement proceedings.
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