>From a Commons process perspective, if I upload one of these photos which is 
>older than  “date plus 50 years” (which is currently 1966 and earlier photos 
>but next year become 1967 and earlier, etc), do I still use the 
>{{PD-Australia}} template? Or is there a different template?

 

My question links to the fact that the current PD-Australia template on Commons 
has not been updated since the legislation passed and currently says

 


Commonwealth or State government owned2 photographs and engravings:

taken or published more than 50 years ago and prior to 1 May 1969

 

Does this reflect the legislation and, if so, what is the bit about 1 May 1969 
all about? Or does the template need to be amended to reflect the legislation? 
Or should I be using some different template completely?

 

Kerry

 

From: Ross Mallett [mailto:hawke...@gmail.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, 21 June 2017 6:17 AM
To: kerry.raym...@gmail.com; Australian Wikimedians mailing list 
<wikimediaau-l@lists.wikimedia.org>
Subject: Re: [Wikimediaau-l] Crown Copyright in photographs

 

Kerry

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!)

Ross  

 

 

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

And also mentioned on the Australian Wikipedians Noticeboard.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Australian_Wikipedians%27_notice_board

 

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

 

Kerry

 

 

From: Wikimediaau-l [mailto:wikimediaau-l-boun...@lists.wikimedia.org] On 
Behalf Of Robert Myers
Sent: Tuesday, 20 June 2017 5:21 PM
To: 'Wikimedia-au' Chapter  <mailto:wikimediaau-l@lists.wikimedia.org> 
<wikimediaau-l@lists.wikimedia.org>
Subject: Re: [Wikimediaau-l] Crown Copyright in photographs

 

I think it would be best forwarded on to OTRS 
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:OTRS

 

 

On 20 Jun 2017, at 5:17 PM, Pru Mitchell <pru.mitch...@wikimedia.org.au 
<mailto:pru.mitch...@wikimedia.org.au> > 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 <hawke...@gmail.com 
<mailto:hawke...@gmail.com> > 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.

Ross







UNCLASSIFIED

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: 
http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/Bills_Search_Results/Result?bId=r5832

 

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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