Week 5 – Copyright and Contracts
In week five’s lecture the content that was given to us was based on Copyright and Contracts which helps us understand what it really is and the boundaries we can and can’t cross. Being someone who wants to work heavily in the industry, I have to know the copyright and contract laws to help protect myself and other creative media practitioner’s work or content. Knowing the boundaries of copyright and contracts in relation to your own work is important because breaching anything within could affect your current position and could lead to a potential lawsuit.
Copyright was designed and implemented to help artists protect their own art and content from being stolen or mimicked. Contracts are applied to ensure that all working members of the team understand what they can and can’t do on the current project.
“In Australia, the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) governs copyright. Under that Act, copyright protection applies to both ‘Works’ and ‘Subject-matter other than works’. Works include original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works, while subject-matter other than works includes a range of things including sound recordings, films and television and radio broadcasts.” retrieved from Week 5 lecture
Throughout the lecture, as copyright gets explained in more detail it discusses copyright licensing and permissions culture.
“permission or a licence from the record company that controls the copyright in the sound recordings (contact the licensing department of the relevant record company); AND permission or a licence from the music publisher for the reproduction of the musical works. AMCOS can assist you with this process.” retrieved from Music rights
Copyright licensing explains that it is an exclusive right wanting to be used relating to the content owned by the copyright owner, for example, if a film maker wants to use a song that is owned by another person. Permission culture talks about the reuse of contemporary content and the difficulty of securing permissions, sub-topics like these help us to understand some of the currently standing issues in the industry.
After learning about copyright and contracts in this lecture, it was clear for me to understand a bit of the basics of it and it will be able to help me apply it in my future career if needed. The sub-topics, copyright licensing and permissions culture, really help the lecture go more in depth in relation to the audio industry.
The lecture does that by giving an example of who owns copyright in music, including an important fact like the copyright ownership of a sound recordings of a song, also within permissions culture it references Creative Commons, a world-wide non-profit organisation that provides copyright owners with free licenses. With more organisations like this, more people can share, reuse and remix their material in a legal way. In relation to the audio industry, contracts are also important. When working in a project a contract should be given to all team members and clients to help them understand their copyright ownership and to let them know what the boundaries are of what they can and can’t do.
Overall I thought that this lecture was very informative and included a lot of things relating to the audio industry which made me feel like I can possibly apply this to any future projects I may work on. With the lecture including some examples of the audio industry in relation to copyright and contracts, it helped make the information easy to understand for an audio student like myself.