Copyright law gives owners of copyright in certain works, including musical works and lyrics, legal rights in their work. This means they can control how their work is used and negotiate payment when other people want to use their work. By ensuring that creators and those who invest in their work are paid, copyright aims to encourage further creativity and investment in the creative industries. At the same time, copyright law balances this aim with a need to ensure access to copyright works. There are therefore certain exceptions to these rights that allow for various uses of copyright material in limited circumstances. Australian copyright law is contained in the Copyright Act 1968.
General information about copyright can be obtained from the Australian Government website on Intellectual Property: www.ipaustralia.gov.au/ip/copyright.You can also obtain information from the Australian Copyright Council: www.copyright.org.au and from the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA): www.apra.com.au