Crown copyright includes the Federal and State governments, and those of all the territories, including the overseas territories. Even Norfolk Island. It does NOT include local government.

Under the Constitution (Section 51 (xviii) to be exact), copyrights, trademarks and patents are a Federal responsibility, so only one law everywhere. (Hallelujah!)


On 20/06/2017 6:05 PM, Kerry Raymond wrote:

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?


*From:*Wikimediaau-l [] *On Behalf Of *Robert Myers
*Sent:* Tuesday, 20 June 2017 5:21 PM
*To:* 'Wikimedia-au' Chapter <>
*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        unpublished Crown photographs.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 responding.

        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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