Duration of copyright

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Under the Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Act 2017, new terms of protection will apply to copyright materials made on or after 1 January 2019, and to copyright materials made before 1 January 2019 that remain unpublished or otherwise not made public at that date. This includes works (including literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works), sound recordings and cinematograph films.

The Act also sets new terms of protection for Crown copyright in original published and unpublished materials made before or after 1 January 2019.

The following table sets out the duration provisions that generally would apply to works, sound recordings and cinematograph films from 1 January 2019: