Literary works includes books, anthologies, journal and newspaper articles, reports, conference papers, working papers, computer software and programs, letters, emails, novels, poetry, song lyrics, databases, tables and compilations. Even short works such as abstracts, individual poems, dictionary meanings or encyclopedia entries are protected by copyright.
Using Literary Works
You can use a dramatic work for certain purposes such as educational use, research or study or criticism or review. For more information, see Using Copyright Material.
Copyright in literary works is generally owned by the creator or author but it can vary depending on factors such as employment or licensing agreements - see Ownership of Copyright for more information.
Rights of Copyright Owners
Copyright owners of literary works hold the right to reproduce, publish, publicly perform, communicate or adapt their works. For more information see Rights of Copyright Owners.
Duration of Copyright
|Published or made publicly available during the author's lifetime||Published or made publicly available after the author's death||Unpublished Works *||Created anonymously or under a pseudonym||Copyright expired if...|
|Literary Works||Life of the author + 70 years.||70 years from the end of the year first published or made publicly available.|
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*As of 1 January 2019, the duration of copyright will be the same for both published and unpublished works.
|70 years from the end of the year the work was first published or made publicly available.||Author died before 1 January 1955 and the work was published during the author's lifetime.|
Copyright in literary 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.