Drafting Concepts - copyright information

Copyright Info – How does Copyright Work become protected?

Information here has been sourced from the BDAQ Copyright Handbook, by R D Brandon First edition Aug 2001 & permission granted to use it.

For most of us there is a misconception as to what is Copyright.

The Copyright laws are most difficult to fully understand & even more difficult to manage.

For this reason I will only tough briefly on the subject to hopefully provide some insight.


This in its self is wide open to contest.

How does Copyright Work become protected?

We know that the protection provided by copyright law requires no special action, no cost for registration or the like. It begins as soon as pen hits paper & lasts for 50 years after the author dies.

Provided the work is not a copy & that it is the product of the author’s skill & effort.

You can add a copyright notice but it is not required in Australia. (more…)

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Copywrite Summary


  • No copyright exists in ideas or concepts
  • Client does not own copyright
  • Designer owns copyright in designs & drawings
  • Designer licences the client to use the work


  • Client owns copyright in the sketch
  • Client provides licence for the designer to use the work for a purpose
  • Designer owns copyright in the design & drawings produced by the designer
  • Client can take the original sketch but not any work produced by the designer to another to complete identical work

You cannot prepare a new drawing by copying another designer’s work even if requested to do so by the client who provided an original sketch to the other designer. You can prepare new drawings from the original sketch, but you must maintain a full file on how the design was developed from the sketch. (more…)

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