The 1 May 1969 date was a demarcation date under the old legislation. If made before 1 May 1969, the Crown copyright expired 50 years after the photograph was made; if after, it was 50 years from when it was first published. However, sections 180 and 181 are being repealed. So by the time 2019 rolls around, it will be 50 years after the photograph was made.


On 21/06/2017 8:06 AM, Kerry Raymond wrote:

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 owned^2  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?


*From:*Ross Mallett []
*Sent:* Wednesday, 21 June 2017 6:17 AM
*To:*; Australian Wikimedians mailing list <>
*Subject:* Re: [Wikimediaau-l] Crown Copyright in photographs


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?


    [] *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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