AUSTRALIA

License your software programs and protect your authorship rights with these easy-to-use Software Licences and Development Forms for Australian programmers.

Q. What intellectual property rights does a software developer have over the apps and products they create?

A. Australia's Copyright Act treats software the same as written literature. That means that software is protected as a 'literary work' and the creator of the software has the same rights as a conventional author. The author has the sole right to copy, reproduce, adapt and publish the work, and anyone attempting to do so without the author's permission is infringing on the copyright.

Q. Is there anything that the copyright does not protect?

A. Copyright does not protect names, titles, ideas or concepts, or the functionality of the software.

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