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Copyright is a type of intellectual property law that protects a person’s creative skills and labour. It is designed to prevent the unauthorised use by others of a "work" - that is, the original form in which an idea or information has been expressed by the creator.

Copyright is automatic in Australia and there is no registration process involved.

Copyright law also supports a balance for users of copyright materials, by allowing a certain amount of use for certain purposes, such as "fair dealing for research or study".

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