What is copyright? “ Copyright is a type of legal protection for people who produce things like writing, images, music and films. It is a legal right to prevent others from doing certain things (such as copying and making available online) without permission .” (ACC) Copyright law in Australia is established by the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) and court cases
Copyright protects individuals, groups and organisations’ creative output
It protects the form or way an idea or information is expressed, not the idea or information itself
For example, Stephanie Myer’s Twilight books are protected under copyright but information about vampires generally is not.
Copyright is universal Copyright applies to work as soon as it is created (provided the creator hasn’t breached anyone else’s copyright!). Creators do not need to register it or put a copyright notice on it. The protection is free and automatic.