The Copyright group aims to clarify and standardise the language and procedures in NSLA libraries concerning copyright of library materials.

The project also works with interested organisations, peak bodies and others to promote reform of copyright law to ensure both that legislation keeps pace with changing technologies, and that information can be accessed by the community.


  • Developed a cost of copyright compliance toolkit to build a strategic case for copyright reform (February 2017)
  • Copyright information guides for NSLA library users (revised March 2016)
  • NSLA ‘take-down’ policy and shared register for significant copyright decisions
  • NSLA template for reasonable search for orphan works
  • Position statement on the use of Creative Commons licensing in NSLA libraries
  • Submissions to the Australian Law Reform Commission's Inquiry into Copyright and the Digital Economy (2012-2013), and participation in the Australian Digital Alliance
  • Position statement on public domain works and agreed means of identifying these works in catalogue entries (2012-2013).

Working group members

  • Janice van de Velde, State Library Victoria (project manager)
  • Kate Boesen, National Library of Australia
  • Antoinette Buchanan, Libraries ACT
  • Margy Burn, National Library of Australia
  • Linda Czechyra, State Library of South Australia
  • Beth Robertson, State Library of South Australia
  • Oliver Gatty, State Library of Western Australia
  • Cathy Hilder, Northern Territory Library
  • Richard Neville, State Library of New South Wales
  • Brett Patterson, LINC Tasmania
  • Margaret Warren, State Library of Queensland
  • Winston Roberts, National Library of New Zealand (observer)

Image: Copyright license choice by Joshua Gajownik for (CC-BY 3.0)

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Project updates 

Copyright reform: unlocking our collections

28 February 2018

Legislative reform was top of the agenda when NSLA’s Copyright group met in Canberra this month.

NSLA welcomes copyright changes

19 June 2017

The Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Act will introduce welcome changes to Australia's copyright framework.

A most delicious crime

6 August 2015

NSLA member libraries have been #cookingforcopyright to highlight the need for copyright reform.


Inquiry into the Copyright Amendment (Service Providers) Bill

NSLA's submission to the Australian Government's inquiry into the Copyright Amendment (Service Providers) Bill, which proposes to extend the operation of the safe harbour scheme.

Cost of copyright compliance toolkit

This toolkit was developed to accurately calculate the costs associated with undertaking copyright compliance.

Dealing with copyright long after it has exhausted you

Presentation at ALIA National Conference 2016 proposing a copyright risk management framework for Australian libraries.