Last Updated: Mar 10, 2017
Under Australian law, 'publication' and 'communication' are two separate rights that belong to the copyright owner.
Publication occurs when an author/creator supplies reproductions of their work to the public for the first time. Usually this is done through a book or journal publisher, or a record company etc.
Communication is when the author/creator, or another authorised person, makes a work available online or electronically transmits it to the public.
An act of communication to the public can also be an act of publication. If you make your work available online, and it has not previously been made available to the public, in terms of the Copyright Act , you are publishing because they can now download a reproduction to view, save or print.
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