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Copyright Notice

Last revision Last revision 11/03/2024
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Last revisionLast revision: 11/03/2024

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A Copyright Notice is a formal declaration that identifies the exclusive intellectual property rights of the creator or owner of the material. It serves as a legal statement that warns against unauthorised use, reproduction, or distribution of the material without the owner's permission. This notice is commonly found in various types of creative works, including books, websites, artwork, designs, software, and marketing materials.

The notice typically includes the copyright symbol ©, the year of first publication, and the name of the copyright owner. It may also detail the specific rights reserved by the owner and the conditions under which the material may be used by others.

For third parties that want to seek permission to use copyrighted material, they can use a Letter Requesting Permission to Use Intellectual Property. If the parties reach an agreement about how the third party is going to use the intellectual property, they may use an Intellectual Property Licence Agreement or an Intellectual Property Assignment Agreement. For publishers who think their copyright has been infringed, they may use a Copyright Infringement Cease and Desist Notice.

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This document should be prominently displayed on any material where copyright protection is claimed. It acts as a deterrent against infringement and as a tool for enforcement should any unauthorized use occur.

The Copyright Notice should be tailored to each specific work and should accurately reflect the ownership and date of publication. It should include a clear statement of the rights reserved and any permissions required for use of the material.

For materials with multiple types of content (e.g., text, images, software code), the notice should cover the full scope of the work. The inclusion of contact information for permission requests is also recommended.

Applicable Law

In Australia, copyright protection is governed by the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth), which automatically protects original works of authorship. The law covers a wide range of works, including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, as well as sound recordings, broadcasts, and films.

The Copyright Notice serves to remind users of the work that it is protected by law and that certain uses are restricted. While the notice itself is not a requirement for copyright protection under Australian law, it is a best practice for asserting copyright and serves as a notice to the public about the ownership and rights associated with the work.

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