Artistic Works

Overview

Copyright applies to all works of an artistic nature including, but not limited to, photographs, paintings, sculptures, maps, charts, graphs, diagrams, cartoons (static not moving animations), logos, engravings, sketches, blueprints and buildings or models of buildings. Protection is also given to works of artistic craftsmanship which can include crafts, embroidery, ceramics, woodworking and jewellery.

Using Artistic Works

You can use an artistic work for certain purposes such as educational use, research or study or criticism or review. For more information see Using Copyright Material.

You must properly acknowledge any artistic work that you use.

Ownership

Physical ownership is different to copyright ownership. Copyright is generally owned by the artist or creator of the work, but it can vary depending on factors such as employment or licensing agreements - see Ownership of Copyright for more information. When you purchase an original artwork, you will only own copyright if there is an agreement to that effect.

If a photograph, portrait or engraving is commissioned for a fee, then the person commissioning the work will own copyright unless an agreement is made.

Rights of Copyright Owners

Copyright owners of artistic works hold the right to reproduce, publish, communicate or broadcast their works. There is no right 'to perform' artistic works, you do not need permission to exhibit an artistic work if the copyright owner has already made it publicly available.

For more information see Rights of Copyright Owners.

Duration of Copyright

 ABCDE
 Published or made publicly available during the artist's lifetimePublished or made publicly available after the artist's deathCreated anonymously or under a pseudonymCopyright expired if...Unpublished Works
Artistic Works
Life of the artist + 70 years.
70 years from the end of the year the work was first published or made publicly available.

Artist died before 1 January 1955.

An anonymous or pseudonymous work was published or made public before 1 January 1955

Copyright lasts perpetually until the work is first published or made publicly available and then either A or B applies.

*As of 1 January 2019, the duration of copyright will be the same for both published and unpublished works.

Engravings Life of the engraver + 70 years. 70 years from the end of the year the work was first published or made publicly available. Work published in the engravers' lifetime and the they died before 1 January 1955; or
Copyright lasts perpetually until the work is first published or made publicly available and then either A or B applies.

*As of 1 January 2019, the duration of copyright will be the same for both published and unpublished works.

Work not published during engravers' lifetime but published before 1 January 1955; or
An anonymous or pseudonymous work was published or made public before 1 January 1955
Photographs

Works made for, or first published by a government, or in which copyright is owned by a government, lasts for 50 years from the end of the year of first publication.