The main aim is to protect the creative work of the copyright owner from unauthorised use.
Copyright cannot prevent others from having the same idea or concept.
Copyright is said to protect the expression of an idea, not the idea itself.
Four categories of works:
And four subject matters other than “works”:
Copyright protection arises when the creative work is first expressed, whether it is published or not. Copyright does protect unpublished works. There is no formal registration procedure although there are some threshold issues for copyright to exist in Australia:
Copyright protection may exist in other countries but the law varies significantly in different jurisdictions. Call our experienced copyright lawyers on 03 9550 4600 for help with your copyright.
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