What do ‘Harry Potter’ novels, the song ‘Friday I’m in love’ and the 1927 painting ‘Implement Blue’ have in common?
Well, all three works are protected by the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth).
Copyright law allows the authors of these works to prevent others from copying the fruits of their labour. There is no registration process for copyright in Australia and protection is automatic if an author’s original expression and is captured in a material form.
While, as a rule, the first person to create a work owns the copyright, there several significant exceptions to this rule, examples including: works created by employees and certain commissioned works.
With the proliferation of online marketing and social media, copyright protection is more important than ever. As it is often said in the courts, if something is worth copying, it is worth protecting.