Copyright

From 1 January 2019

Crown copyright now expires on most government-made works after 50 years, whether they are published or unpublished.

See below for further detail regarding works made by individuals or businesses, or by local government agencies, which have been archived to State Records’ collection.

Definition

The Commonwealth Copyright Act 1968 protects original literary, dramatic, musical or artistic works, sound recordings, and radio and television broadcasts and published editions of works.

Ownership of copyright in records held by State Records of South Australia

The South Australian Government is or was the owner of copyright for most works held in State Records’ collection. This includes works made by authors who are employed or contracted by the government. It does not include works made by private individuals or businesses, or by local government agencies.

Responsibilities of researchers

If you wish to reproduce a record held in our collection, it is your responsibility to:

  • determine whether the work you wish to use is still in copyright
  • determine who holds copyright, and
  • approach the copyright owner to obtain the necessary permission to reproduce the work.

State Records provides assistance to researchers to meet these responsibilities.

The Commonwealth Government has provided an explanation of rights to use works under copyright for research or study.

Duration of copyright

Use the table below to help determine if a non-Crown work is still in copyright. A complete table is available through the Commonwealth Government.

Type of work Publication status Copyright has already expired if...Otherwise copyright expires...
Works where the author is unknown (other than photographs)Made public before 1 January 2019Made public before 1 January 1955Year first made public + 70 years
 Never made publicMade before 1 January 1949Year made + 70 years
Literary worksMade public before death of authorAuthor died before 1 January 1955Life of author + 70 years
 Made public after author’s death and before 1 January 2019Made public before 1 January 1955Year first made public + 70 years
 UnpublishedAuthor died before 1 January 1949Life of author + 70 years
Artistic works (including maps and plans) Author died before 1 January 1955Life of author + 70 years / if author unknown, Year first made public + 70 years
Photographs Made before 1 January 1955Life of author + 70 years / if author unknown, Year first made public + 70 years

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dates are calculated from 31 December in the year in which a work was made or made public.

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