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Copyright

Copying & Downloading

DVD's and videos (cinematograph films) are protected by copyright. You cannot make copies of commercial DVDs without the permission of the copyright owner.


The audio visual material held within these formats also usually contains “underlying” material which may be protected by copyright, such as:

  • a script or screenplay
  • and each piece of music on the soundtrack
  • lyrics to the music
  • photographs
  • artwork in the titles or credits
  • dance sequences

If you download a commercially-released movie from the internet for free, it may be an infringing copy (meaning that it was put there without permission from the copyright owner). This means you infringe copyright by downloading it.

Copying requires permission unless a special exception applies.

Reference: Australian Copyright Council. Information Sheet: DVDs & Videos: Copying & Downloading. Retrieved from http:// http://www.copyright.org.au/

 

For more information please see the following Australian Copyright Council Information sheets:

Sound Recordings

Sound recordings are also protected by copyright. This copyright is separate and additional to any copyrights in material on the recording.


Thus in a CD there may be:

  • a copyright in each musical work;
  • a copyright in the lyrics to each song; and
  • a copyright in the sound recording of the music and lyrics.

Creators of musical or literary works also have moral rights in relation to their work.

Reference: Australian Copyright Council. Information Sheet: Music & Copyright. Retrieved from http:// http://www.copyright.org.au/

 

For more information please see the following Australian Copyright Council Information sheets: