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This document explains how the National Library of Australia's Copyright Status Tool uses information in catalogue records to provide an estimate of copyright status. This information is for general guidance only; it is not legal advice.

The estimate of copyright status is based on information recorded in catalogue records using the MARC standard.  In cases where information required to calculate copyright status is missing or ambiguous, the estimate of copyright status may be inaccurate or may be "undetermined".

The Australian Copyright Council has many helpful information pages that explain how copyright law works and how this affects your use of material that may be protected by copyright. The document on Duration of Copyright is particularly relevant when using the Copyright Status Tool.

Calculating the duration of copyright protection for a work is complex, because there are different rules depending on the type of work.  Use the diagram below to see which rules apply to the work record you have, and then use the menu to view the details of those rules.  Examples are provided at the end of this page.

Example

The magic pudding : being the adventures of Bunyip Bluegum and his friends Bill Barnacle & Sam Sawnoff / by Norman Lindsay

Copyright status

In Copyright.

Reason for copyright status: Until 2039 (Creator Date of Death + 70 Years)

Copyright status was determined using the following information:
Material type: Literary Dramatic Musical
from "a" in 000 field and "1" in 008 field
Presumed date of death of creator (latest date): 1969
from 100 $d field
Published status: Published
from values in 260 $a $b and $c fields
Publication date: 1948
from 008 field

MARC view of catalogue record

000



00766cam a2200205 a 4500

001



835912

005



20070831115832.0

008



920129s1948    xnaa   j      000 1 eng d

019

1


|a8562031

035



|9000008562031

035



|93378715

040



|aVU |beng |cVU |dVSL |dANL

082

0

4

|aA823.2 |220

100

1


|aLindsay, Norman, |d1879-1969.

245

1

4

|aThe magic pudding :|bbeing the adventures of Bunyip Bluegum and his friends Bill Barnacle & Sam Sawnoff /|cby Norman Lindsay.

246

1

0

|aMagic pudding

246

1


|aThe magic pudding;|bbeing the adventures of Bunyip Bluegum and his friends Bill Barnacle and Sam Sawnoff

260



|aSydney : |bAngus & Robertson, |c1948 |e(Sydney : |fHalstead Press)

300



|a171 p. : |bill. (some col.) ; |c25 cm.

510

4


|aMuir |c4269