Copyrights & Contracts


This week’s topic was certainly an important one. My knowledge on on “Copyrights and Contracts” and how it works has been significantly improve after much discussion in class. The importance on knowing on how to protect your work and at the same time the boundaries of replicating someone else’s work is paramount in this industry. The first person to make or create something owns the copyright.

But does he or she own it for life?


This ownership, has a fixed duration time under The Australia-US Free Trade Agreement(AUFSTA)(National Library of Australia, n.d.), which in film is 70 years after the end of the calendar year it was first published. . In film, the producer or the person who given money for the film to be made owns the copyright. However, through copyright licensing, we still use their works with a license granted by the copyright owner, the producers, or through collecting societies.

As a freelancer, its important for me to understand how this process works. It is clear that I am the owner of anything I create despite getting paid or commissioned by another person. Nonetheless, it always beneficial to have a contract to layout an agreement. With a contract, all parties taking part should have no misunderstandings. Even with this, there are still instances where movies like “The Hangover Part 2” (2009) (Gambino, 2011) or “Chuck and Larry” (2007) have been sued for stealing of ideas and concepts. These situations can’t be avoided sometimes but is also an important lesson to all to document their work thoroughly and draw out clear contracts to avoid any complications.




Gambino,M. 2011, June 21. Ten Famous Intellectual Property Disputes. Smithsonian Mag Retrieved from

National Library of Australia, n.d. Retrieved from