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Copyright glossary

Original works

Examples from the Library’s collection include:

  • architectural plans
  • art works
  • diaries, letters and other manuscripts
  • hand-drawn maps
  • unpublished music
  • photographs
  • oral history sound recordings
  • excludes rare books

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

Unpublished works   

Works of which reproductions have not been supplied to the public by the copyright holder, such as:

  • architectural plans
  • art works
  • diaries, letters and other manuscripts
  • hand-drawn maps and music scores
  • oral history sound recordings
  • photographs.

Made public

A work will be made public if it has been:

  • Published (ie. supplied or offered for sale to the public)
  • Performed in public
  • Communicated to the public (ie. made available online or broadcast)
  • For artistic works, films and sounds recordings only -exhibited to the public