Resources for obtaining permission
Australian copyright collecting societies
You can obtain a licence to perform most musical works in public from the Australian Performing Rights Association (APRA).
If you wish to play a sound recording in public (for example, play a music CD at a public event) you will need to obtain a licence from the APRA and the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia.
You may obtain a licence to copy some artistic works from Viscopy.
Locating copyright owners
Sometimes it can be very difficult to identify the copyright owner. Library staff may be able to help locate the full bibliographic details of the material in question. There are very few short cuts, however, and finding the copyright owner will simply take patience and methodical searching.
Resources that may be of use include:
- http://tyler.hrc.utexas.edu/ (contacts database for authors and artists)
- http://www.asic.gov.au/asic/asic_srchlodg.nsf/byheadline/Home+Page?opendocument#asic_search (ASIC company database and registers)
Content by Copyright & Digitisation Officer