In Australia, copyright is free and automatic for original works.
Copyright in your writing is automatic unless:
- It was written as part of your job in salaried employment; OR
- You transferred your copyright to someone else.
You will own copyright in something you were paid for, so long as you didn’t transfer copyright when accepting the fee.
Copyright may be transferred in writing to another person.
When completing the Writers Royalty Claim, you should check any documentation you have signed that relates to the work for which you’d like to claim before answering the questions in the form. You may also need to check with your publisher.
Please be aware that contributors to newspapers and magazines are entitled to payment for photocopying directly from a printed newspaper, provided they have not given this up in their agreement with their employer.