Copyright amendments

Copyright amendments effective from 22 December 2017

14/12/2017 - 3:53pm

The Copyright Amendment (Disability and Other Measures) Act 2017 was passed through Federal Government on 15 June 2017. Provisions relating to disability access, preservation and statutory licence for education will take effect on 22 December 2017. Provisions relating to duration of copyright for unpublished works will take effect on 1 January 2019.

The Act contains a number of reforms, which include:

  • Improved access to copyright materials for people with disabilities (Information sheet)
  • Simplified statutory licensing for education (Information sheet)
  • Expanded and simplified preservation exceptions for libraries and archives
  • Exam copying exemption
  • New copyright terms for unpublished works 

We are in the process of updating the Library Copyright website  to reflect these changes. Content updates will be completed in early 2018.

For more information contact your Outreach Librarian

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