Preparing for copyright term changes in 2019

This discussion paper identifies the major library policies, systems and staff activities that will be affected by changes to the copyright duration provisions of the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth), due to come into effect on 1 January 2019.

It focuses on the changes to copyright term for literary, artistic, dramatic and musical works and subject matter other than works (films and sound recordings), produced by government  and non-government creators, both with known and unknown creators.

Topics include:

  • challenges for libraries
  • summary of changes
  • transition provisions for existing material
  • orphan works
  • public domain day – 1 January 2019
  • affected library areas and functions, including copying, systems, collection management, reference, websites, and communications.