Last Updated: Mar 10, 2017
The general rule in Australia: 70 years from the end of the year in which the creator died or 70 years from the end of the year in which the material was first published (if not published during the creator’s life, or if the work was published anonymously or under a pseudonym).
Copyright can't be extended. If copyright in an item has expired it is considered to be in the public domain, and you may use it without seeking permission or needing to comply with the conditions of the Copyright Act.
Unpublished material can have no expiration for copyright.
Find the information sheet entitled 'Duration of Copyright' on the Australian Copyright Council website.
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