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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 Management

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.

Our Services

We advise international and domestic companies on copyright protection and enforcement issues, including in the fashion, manufacturing, construction and arts sectors.

Our team can assist with:

Commercial agreements and structures

Drafting, negotiating and reviewing assignments and licences and advising on the best commercial structures to suit clients’ needs.

Customs notices

Establishing processes for prevention of imported counterfeits.

Advertising and marketing collateral

Reviewing packaging, websites and advertisements prior to launch.

Advice

Providing opinions on copyright ownership and infringement.

Enforcement and litigation

Prosecuting copyright infringement proceedings.

Our Experts in Copyright

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David Webber

BE (Hons), LLB
Managing Principal
Patent Attorney
Melbourne, Australia
Areas of Expertise/Sector
PatentsICT, Electronics & SoftwareEngineering & ManufacturingCopyrightDesign Registration

Chris Jordan

BA, LLB, LLM
Managing Principal
Principal Lawyer
Melbourne, Australia
Areas of Expertise/Sector
IP & Commercial Dispute Resolution & LitigationCopyrightDomain NamesTrade Secrets & Data Protection
Principal
Trade Mark Attorney
Singapore
Areas of Expertise/Sector
Trade MarksArts, Media & FashionFood & BeverageCopyrightCommercialisation & Licensing

Sanjan Srivelan

BAeroEng (Hons), LLB (Hons)
Trainee Patent Attorney
Melbourne, Australia
Areas of Expertise/Sector
PatentsCopyrightTrade Secrets & Data ProtectionBuilding & ConstructionEngineering & Manufacturing
Principal Lawyer
Melbourne, Australia
Areas of Expertise/Sector
IP & Commercial Dispute Resolution & LitigationCopyrightPatent Infringement & EnforcementTrade Mark Infringement & Enforcement

Aaron Yates

LLB (Hons), BSc, GDLP
Principal Lawyer
Melbourne, Australia
Areas of Expertise/Sector
IP & Commercial Dispute Resolution & LitigationTrade Secrets & Data ProtectionCopyrightAgribusiness & Food TechnologyBiotechnology