And also mentioned on the Australian Wikipedians Noticeboard.


But I have a question (pardon my ignorance). Does Crown Copyright include the 
state governments and local governments or just the federal government?





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Behalf Of Robert Myers
Sent: Tuesday, 20 June 2017 5:21 PM
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Subject: Re: [Wikimediaau-l] Crown Copyright in photographs


I think it would be best forwarded on to OTRS



On 20 Jun 2017, at 5:17 PM, Pru Mitchell < 
<> > wrote:


Hi Ross


Thanks for pursuing this question and for sharing the response. It is very 
helpful in a number of contexts.


It begs the question as to where this communication could be stored so that 
those who need it can find it easily. 

Any ideas?


Thanks again, Pru


On Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 4:22 PM, Ross Mallett < 
<> > wrote:

I got a reply about my query as to the status of crown copyright photographs.

There was some concern about those that were not yet out of copyright on the US 
URAA date (ie 1 January 1996)

The UK government has declared that its crown copyright expire worldwide.  The 
Australian government has confirmed that this is the case here too.

Put simply, all crown copyright photographs in 1966 or earlier are in the 
public domain.



Dear Dr Mallett,


Thank you for your letter of 17 March 2017 to Senator the Hon George Brandis 
QC, about copyright in photographs belonging to the Crown. Your letter has been 
forwarded to Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, Minister for Communications and the 
Arts, as copyright law and policy falls within the portfolio responsibilities 
of Minister Fifield. I am responding on his behalf.


The Government has recently amended the provisions in the Copyright Act 1968 
relating to the term of protection for unpublished Crown photographs. The 
Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Bill 2017 passed in 
the Senate last week and will come into effect six months from the Bill 
receiving Royal Assent. 


The changes set out in the Copyright Amendment Bill provide a new term of 
protection for unpublished Crown copyright material. The amendments repealed 
sections 180 and 181 of the Copyright Act 1968 and inserted a new, consolidated 
section 180 that provides for a new standard term of protection for works, 
sound recordings and cinematograph films owned by the Crown of 50 years from 
the year in which the material is made (that is, ‘date made plus 50 years’), 
whether the material is made public or not. You can find the text to the Bill 
on the Australian Parliament House website:


You also asked whether Australian Government copyright material would be in the 
public domain in the United States and I confirm that once the term of 
copyright protection expires in Australia, the domain is worldwide and not 
limited to Australia.


I trust this information will be of assistance and apologise for the delay in 


Kind regards, 

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Ruth Schofield

A/g Assistant Director  / Content and Copyright Branch / Content Division

Department of Communications and the Arts


38 Sydney Avenue, Forrest ACT 2603

GPO Box 2154 Canberra ACT 2601


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