Getting the copyright right for Creative Arts
Copyright can be complex. In a CD, there is often separate copyright in the song, the lyrics, the performance and the recording. In films, typically there are many layers of copyright.
At the beginning of any creative project, make sure you get the copyright right. Generally all participants should hand over (assign) their copyright (or provide a sufficient licence) for the project's immediate, foreseeable (and sometimes future possible) requirements through agreements or consent forms. This should be done in a manner where the interests of all participants are recognised particularly where indigenous peoples are involved.
Problems can occur because of a lack of clarity between participants on copyright ownership and rights at the start of a project. Therefore in most cases it's important that copyright ownership and rights are properly formalised at the beginning. Contact the Information Policy Officer for advice.