Duration of Copyright

Video overview by Kylie Pappalardo on copyright duration.

The duration of copyright protection in Australia used to be the life of the author plus 50 years for most copyright works. This term was extended by 20 years by the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA).

Generally, the copyright term is:

  • For published literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works: 70 years after the death of the author (s. 33).
  • For unpublished literary, dramatic, and musical works (excluding computer programs): 70 years after first publication.
  • For Crown copyright works, the duration is 50 years from creation.
  • For sound recordings and cinematograph films: 70 years from year of publication (ss. 93 and 94).
  • For broadcasts: 50 years from the year the broadcast was made (s 95).
  • For published editions: 25 years from year of first publication (s 96).