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Copyright Short Course

Nationally recognised accredited training

All short courses are units of competency that have come directly from one of our full qualifications.


Knowledge is power! In this subject, students explore the ins and outs of Australian and international copyright law. The course begins with an historical overview of copyright that dates back to the invention of the printing press and the first copyright legislation — the Copyright Act 1710 , commonly referred to as The Statute of Anne. Students also explore current day legislation and work through commonly used copyright terms and principles incl. moral rights, performers rights, Creative Commons licence schemes, collecting societies, recent infringement issues and more.

Lesson Schedule

  • Definition of copyright
  • Broad time-line of copyright law development
  • Common myths and misconceptions
  • Obtaining and establishing copyright protection
  • Length of copyright protection
  • Published formats where multiple copyrights apply
  • Initial and subsequent ownership
  • Employee situations
  • Government owned copyrights
  • Creative commons licence schemes
  • Reproduction, publication and performance
  • Broadcast and publishers rights
  • Private use, special case and flexible dealing
  • Differences between Fair Use and Fair Dealing laws
  • Parody, satire and jokes
  • Rights of attribution and integrity
  • Materials to which moral rights apply
  • Overview of performers rights
  • Liability for copyright infringements
  • Actions to take when infringements occur
  • Legal outcomes and recent infringement cases
  • Difference between authors and copyright owners
  • Locating and contacting copyright owners
  • Orphaned works and good faith notices


Required Resources
  • Computer with high-speed internet connection
  • Word processing software such as Microsoft Word or similar
  • Textbook — Copyright Essentials [B127v04]


More about our Short Courses

Short courses are a great way to study a topic of interest without having the long term commitment. A lot of students start with a short course and then move into a full qualification after completing the short course.

How long do I have to finish?

You have a maximum of 6 months to complete your short course. It is possible to finish your course a lot sooner though.