The question of copyright is dealt with in Australia by the Copyright Act (Commonwealth) 1968, subject to variation by contract.
Copyright arises whenever an idea is expressed in 'material form', that is, in words, pictures, computer language, movements, music on paper or tape, and so on. The owner of copyright in each instance is the 'author' of the work, that is, the person who reduces the idea to material form. Writers, composers, and photographers are all authors. A person who supplies ideas and suggestions to any of the above is not an author, no matter how helpful or substantial his or her contribution. Only the person involved in the physical act of writing or making the work will be the author.
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What Copyright Does
Copyright gives the owner the exclusive right to do a number of things in relation to a work. In respect of a literary work, copyright gives the owner the exclusive right to:
· reproduce the work (eg. all forms of copying including photocopying, recording, filming and so on)
· publish the work
· perform the work in public
· broadcast the work
· transmit the work via a diffusion service (eg. cable TV)
· to make an adaptation of the work (eg. a translation of a work or the adaptation of the work from literary to dramatic)
In our books, the following are protected:
· Text is protected as a literary work and is owned by the author
· Artwork, illustration and photographs are separately protected as artistic works and the owner is the person who took the photograph (or their employer) or the person who drew the illustration (or their employer)
· Our typesetting is protected by the published editions copyright and is owned by the publisher
· Our original and catchy titles
· Our creative ideas, structure, characters as presented, dialogue and other themes
Permission to use copyright material
You will not have to seek permission from a copyright owner if you are using only a reasonable portion of a work for purposes of: research or study; reporting news; criticism or review, or for educational purposes such as a performance of a literary work in class where the classes are not conducted for profit
If you are using more than a reasonable portion or intending to use the portion for commercial purposes (ie. to be included in a publication which you will sell for profit) then you will need to ascertain whether the material is still in copyright and obtain permission.
Rights and Permissions
In Focus Press controls licensing of subsidiary rights in copyright material first published by In Focus Press. Such rights include:
· Reprint rights in paperback or hardback
· Foreign rights (English language or translation)
· Merchandising rights
· Film, movie, radio, television and electronic rights
· Digest or condensation rights
· Audio and dramatic rights
To request usage in this manner you will need to contact In Focus Press or the item copyright holder (Louise Steding). For photographs by Gerald Steding, please contact Clarity Pictures.
Serial rights are extracts licensed to newspapers or magazines either before or after publication of the book.
Louise Steding deals with requests for use of copyright material which has been published by In Focus Press only. All requests must be in writing.