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4.2 What is the Copyright Act?

The Copyright Act 1968 legally grants and regulates the exclusive right of authors and creators in Australia to control the use of their work and their means to earn a living from their work. Copyright applies to literary, musical, dramatic and artistic works found in a wide range of media, including material found on the internet and on CDs and DVDs. The Act contains some exceptions which allow certain copying to be done without permission. These exceptions include provisions for fair dealing and the statutory licences that allow educational institutions to copy and print digital material. For more information, download a copy of Guidelines for Schools, TAFEs and Independent Educational Institutions - (Copyright Agency Limited - Australia)

Q: How much copying can students do?
Q: How long does copyright last?
Q: Is the Copyright Act ever updated?
Q: Are there exemptions from seeking copyright permission?


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