Copyright in Australia for Novelists

We get a lot of copyright questions in our inbox and I thought I’d address a few here so we can try to foster a better understanding of how copyright and intellectual property laws work, and how you can better protect yourself from being sued. Writers SA are not the foremost authority on copyright in Australia and therefore the following is best practice advice only and not legal advice. For legal advice pertaining to copyrights, you should contact the Australian Copyright Council They also have resource sheets individuals can purchase. If you are represented by a literary agent, they should be your first port of call and might be able to answer your questions. One of the most basic ways to understand your own copyright is something called ‘intellectual property’. The gist of this is, if you write it down, or create something tangible from your words*, you own

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