Course Title: Address Copyright Requirements

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: LAW5125C

Course Title: Address Copyright Requirements

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4171 - Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Ms Penny Johnson
Phone: 9925 4383

Teacher: Ms Stephanie Holt
Phone: 9925 4951

Nominal Hours: 20

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit introduces you to the copyright issues involved in protecting creative work (both text and images) from both a writer’s and an editor’s perspective.

You gain an understanding of copyright legislation and its practical application for print and online publications; the difference between assigning and licensing rights; issues to be aware of when signing agreements; the function of the Australian Copyright Council, the Copyright Agency Ltd and international copyright and collection agencies; and strategies for gaining permission to use copyright material.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUSADM08A Address copyright requirements


1. Identify copyright issues for the protection and exploitation of products

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Apply knowledge of Copyright Act to products in terms of:
• protection against unauthorised use on own and other’s works
• commercial exploitation of own work under copyright intellectual property and licensing legislation

1.2 Seek advice, as required, to ensure that copyright issues are fully addressed in terms of own rights and the rights of others


2. Ensure that copyright protection on creative works or performance is adequate locally and internationally

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Undertake all procedures necessary to ensure that created material are protected at local and international levels against illegal or unauthorised reproduction of work, or parts of work:
• in printed or recorded media
• in live performance
• in television, cable transmission or online media
• in any media for advertising or screen for other purposes

2.2 Undertake all procedures necessary to ensure that work is protected at local and international level against adaptations of work whether printed, live or in any electronic media

2.3 Undertake research and/or obtain reliable legal advice where necessary to ensure that artists’/copyright owners’ rights are protected


3. Assign copyright of creative works or performers

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Undertake strategic planning of negotiated deals for works/performances with an understanding of the difference between assignment of copyright and licensing
3.2 Assign copyright for composers and/or performers only where artists are aware of all implications
3.3 Confirm and agree with all relevant parties the degree to which artists and publisher may control the use and exploitation of work under assignment of copyright
3.4 Ensure that the terms of assignments of copyright are written accurately into a formal contract that is available for legal advice where required, and understood and signed by all relevant parties


4. License rights to creative works or performance

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Confirm and agree to the territories in which the licensing rights may be exercised with all relevant parties

4.2 Confirm and agree to the timeframe of the license with all relevant parties

4.3 Confirm and agreed to the terms of exploitation of the work/license with all relevant parties

4.4 Ensure that creative control of the work, including to what extent and how it may be recast, is confirmed and agreed by all relevant parties
4.5 Ensure that fees are negotiated whether outright fee, royalty, or a combination of both, relevant to the context of the deal

4.6 Ensure that responsibility for enforcement of the copyrights against infringement are confirmed and agreed

4.7 Ensure that all terms relating to the licensing deal are written accurately, confirmed and signed by all relevant parties


5. Comply with conditions of copyright agreement

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Maintain documents relevant to the copyright agreement in a secure and accessible form allowing for retrieval where required

5.2 Undertake all responsibilities to ensure compliance with the conditions of the copyright agreement as and when required

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will have knowledge of your rights and responsibilities as both a writer and an editor with regard to copyright

Details of Learning Activities

You learn through a mix of lectures, discussion, practical exercises and group work. An industry practitioner gives a guest lecture on copyright and publishing, and you examine case studies in groups.

Out-of-class activities involve researching copyright issues online and completing a take-home test.

Teaching Schedule

(Date week begins)
Class contentAssessment due datesElements
Week 1
(Wed 4 May)
Introduction to copyright lecture
This lecture will be held in Industry Overview: Wednesday 4 May, 5.30 pm, downstairs in the large auditorium in Blg 94.
 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Week 2
(9 May)
Editors and copyright 1, 4, 5
Week 3
(16 May)
Copyright issues: case studies 1
Week 4
(23 May)
 Take-home copyright test1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Week 5
(4 July)
Review of copyright issues 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

You will receive a comprehensive handout.


You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information.
Arts Law Centre of Australia Online <>
Australian Copyright Council website <>

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment involves a take-home test. This task tests your understanding of material covered in the copyright unit through discursive and multiple-choice responses to questions.

Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete the take-home test to a satisfactory standard. You will have one week in which to complete the test.

Grades used in this unit are as follows:

CA Competency Achieved
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit For Assessment

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are
available through the course contact in Program administration

Other Information

Submission of assessments
Submit all assessment tasks in hard copy with a completed School of Media and Communication cover sheet. You are expected to keep a copy of all assignments submitted.

You will receive verbal and written feedback by your teacher on your work, as appropriate. This feedback also includes suggestions on further developing your skills and taking projects to the next stage.

RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece
of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension.
Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y;STATUS=A;PAGE_AUTHOR=Andrea%20Syers;SECTION=1;

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