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How to… avoid copyright issues October 3, 2007

Want to know more about copyright laws?

Basically, here is a short run down of the do’s and don’ts (please note that for more legal information, go to Creative Commons)

  • Copyright aims to protect the author or creator from unauthorised reproductions or adaptations of the original work, be it books, paintings, software, drawings, photographs
  • Copyright is a type of intellectual property (IP) which protects creative and inventive efforts
  • Basically, if you didn’t create it, then you probably don’t own the copyright and you need to get permission to use the work, and if you can’t get permission, then you shouldn’t use the work!

If you want to know more about copyright, follow the links below:

Creative Commons – find ways to protect your creative works but still allows others to use and adapt your works

Attorney General’s department A Short Guide to Copyright – a short guide that outlines the do’s and don’ts under Australian Copyright law

Australian Copyright Council’s Information Sheet– An introduction to Copyright in Australia

World Intellectual Property Organisation’s Basic Notions of Copyright and Related Rights – more information about IP from a global perspective

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How to.. find resources in the public domain

Are you looking for images, video footage or audio to use in your production?Here are some helpful sites where you can find royalty free media.You might also want to take some time to read the copyright information page so you don’t land yourself a law-suit or take-down notice!