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Copyright

Copyright Act, its amendments and Intellectual Property guidelines for Wintec students & staff

The Law

All Wintec staff & students must comply with the Copyright Act 1994 and its subsequent amendments.

What is copyright?

  • Copyright provides creators of work protection so that their rights to remuneration and intellectual property are maintained. 

  • Copyright applies automatically when something is published. Even when the copyright symbol © is not shown, copyright applies.
  • This includes:
    • Printed material (including training manuals, novels, song lyrics etc.
    • Computer programmes
    • Dramatic works
    • Musical works
    • Artistic works
    • Films
    • Radio & tv broadcasts
    • Page layouts

How long does Copyright last?

  • Copyright lasts for 50 years from the end of the year that the author died in.
  • If the author is an organisation e.g. World Health Organization, then copyright lasts for 100 years from the creation date.

Assume all material you use in your study is protected by copyright, unless specifically stated

Large copyright graffiti sign on cream colored wall
Large copyright graffiti sign on cream colored wall"
by Horia Varlan is licensed under CC BY 2.0