Copyright & Moral Rights

On a daily basis, individuals and businesses are creating works and documentation that benefit from copyright protection.

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What is Copyright?

Copyright is an intellectual property right attributed to the skill and labour of an individual in the creation and expression of an original idea. Copyright protects original works such as literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works.

This includes manuals, marketing materials, books, internet and website content, architectural plans, artwork, logos, music, lyrics and software code. These works can represent considerable value that is unique to your business.

Copyright protection is automatically provided under the Copyright Act 1968, and gives the creator of the work exclusive rights to reproduce it, commercialise it and be recognised as its creator. There is no official register or database, as with other forms of intellectual property, where you can search to see if your idea is original. Copyright material is protected from the time it is first written down, painted or drawn, filmed or taped. It also enjoys protection under the laws of other countries who are co-signatories with Australia to relevant international treaties.

Given the potential value of that lies in this category of intellectual property, it can be an important business consideration to protect that value and revenue stream from infringement. Our dispute resolution and litigation lawyers can assist in making this decision, developing a commercial relevant strategy and how it fits within your overall business objectives.

How We Can Help You?

  • Copyright infringement advice, strategy & recommendations
  • Enforcing copyright and related dispute resolution strategy
  • Copyright litigation proceedings in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia or Federal Court of Australia
  • Copyright assignment agreements
  • Preparing commercial agreements, including licensing, related to commercialisation of copyright
  • Preparation of any resulting settlement agreements

Our Copyright & Moral Rights Team

Colin Cheung
Principal | Lawyer @ Actuate IP
Cameron Lang
Senior Associate | Lawyer @ Actuate IP
Paola Rios
Legal Projects Administrator & Trade Mark Attorney @ Actuate IP
Amy O’Bryan
Lawyer @ Actuate IP