Terms and Conditions

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About Copyright

Under the copyright laws of Australia, a person who owns a copyright has the exclusive right to make copies of that work. The copyright owner may permit others to make copies of the work.

“Copying” includes photocopying, scanning, faxing and digitising.

Before you make any copies, or asking us to make copies for you, you must ensure that you have permission to make copies. Unless the work is your original creation, it is likely that someone else will own the copyright. If you copy a work that is protected, without the copyright owner’s permission, the copyright owner may wish to sue you, even if it is only a small part of the protected work. 

Some of the material that is commonly protected by copyright includes: 

  • books, newspapers, magazines, greeting cards, brochures and other printed material.
  • maps and architectural drawings, including houseplans
  • photographs, sketches, drawing and graphics
  • musical scores and song lyrics
  • logos and designs

It is important to bear in mind that copyright may exist in purely functional things, like a set of instructions, as well as in material which has more ‘artistic’ quality, like drawings. 

Copyright protection expires 50 years after the end of the year that the author died. 

As well as copyright law, there are other laws you need to consider if you intend to copy things like cheques, currency, identification, postage stamps or other ‘official’ documents. While it may not be an offence to copy them, it may be an offence if the copies are later mistaken for the ‘real thing’. The Copy Centre may choose to put a ‘copy’ stamp on such documents.

For more information on copyright visit the Australian Copyright Council

Download the PDF – An Introduction to Copyright in Australia (information Sheet)