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Copyright glossary


The act of copying on a photocopier or scanner, taking a digital camera shot, downloading from the internet or the Library making a copy for you.

Made Public

When (if ever) a work has been made public will now be important when calculating the copyright term of works, films and sound recordings. A work will be 'made public' by or with permission of the copyright owner includes: publication, public performance, communication to the public, and exhibition.

 Public domain works

Works where copyright has expired.

 Published works

Works of which reproductions have been supplied to the public, such as books, newspapers, magazines, most maps, commercially-made music CDs, television broadcasts.

 Rare and unique works

Examples from the Library's collection include unpublished works and rare books.


Using a copyrighted work in a print or web publication or website, in a performance, adaptation, broadcast, exhibition, screening and even making a translation of a work.

 Unpublished works

Works of which reproductions have not been supplied to the public. These can include architectural plans; archival material including diaries, letters and the records of businesses and organisations; art works; hand-drawn maps and music scores; oral history sound recordings; and photographs.

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