All requests must be in writing. Please do not duplicate your requests and allow SIX weeks for your permissions request to be processed.
The Permissions Department deals with requests for use of copyright material which has been published by HarperCollins Australia only. For permission to use material published by HarperCollins US or HarperCollins UK, please contact them directly. To find out the name of the original publisher, you will need to look at the imprint page at the front of the book.
‘Permissions’ are also called ‘anthology and quotation rights’. This includes prose, poetry and original illustrations. Permission is generally given provided that the amount of a work requested for re-use is reasonable and does not represent an unduly large proportion of the original work. We also consider the manner in which it is to be used, and the kind of publication. A permission (or copyright) fee will usually be charged to compensate the author for use of their work.
To request usage in this manner you will need to contact the Permissions Department and provide the following information:
Please note: If the work from which you are requesting permission is an anthology, consult the credit/acknowledgments page and apply to the original source for permission to use the material. This also applies to photographs and illustrations. Please check that the work was first published by HarperCollins.
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The question of copyright is dealt with in Australia by the Copyright Act (Commonwealth) 1968, subject to variation by contract.
Copyright arises whenever an idea is expressed in ‘material form’, that is, in words, pictures, computer language, movements, music on paper or tape, and so on. The owner of copyright in each instance is the ‘author’ of the work, that is, the person who reduces the idea to material form. Writers, composers, choreographers, artists and photographers are all authors. A person who supplies ideas and suggestions to any of the above is not an author, no matter how helpful or substantial his or her contribution. Only the person involved in the physical act of writing or making the work will be the author.
There is one significant exception to the general rule. Where a literary, dramatic or artistic work is created pursuant to a person’s employment, under commission, or under a contract of service or apprenticeship, the employer or person commissioning the work will be the owner of copyright.
What copyright does
Copyright gives the owner the exclusive right to do a number of things in relation to a work. In respect of a literary work, copyright gives the owner the exclusive right to:
In a book, for instance, the following will be protected:
Do you need permission to use copyright material?
Most material will be subject to some form of copyright protection. You will not have to seek permission from a copyright owner if you are using only a reasonable portion of a work for purposes of:
Generally copyright lasts from the moment the material is created until 70 years after the end of the year in which the author died. This is known as the term of copyright. If the work was published posthumously, then term of copyright is defined as 70 years after the end of the year in which the work was first published. If this time has elapsed then the work falls into the ‘Public Domain’ and you do not need to request permission to use the material.