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 Intellectual property can be a valuable asset so you should take steps to minimise the chance of infringement occurring. ​ If allowing others to use your work, a licensing agreement should be used which limits their rights to use the work; an employer should ensure that all employees sign an assignment of intellectual property rights agreement and a confidentiality agreement; ​ when discussing an invention or idea, ask the other parties to sign a confidentiality agreement. Intellectual property can be a valuable asset so you should take steps to minimise the chance of infringement occurring. ​ If allowing others to use your work, a licensing agreement should be used which limits their rights to use the work; an employer should ensure that all employees sign an assignment of intellectual property rights agreement and a confidentiality agreement; ​ when discussing an invention or idea, ask the other parties to sign a confidentiality agreement.
-===== AUSTRALIAN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PROTECTION ​=====+===== Australian Intellectual Property Protection ​=====
 ^Protection^Description^Duration of Protection^ ^Protection^Description^Duration of Protection^
 ^Copyright|Copyright protects works such as: paintings; sculptures; drawings; engravings; photographs;​ buildings or a model of a building; films; computer programs; dramatic works; books; and sound recordings. ​ The copyright owner has the exclusive right to broadcast; communicate,​ copy; license; import; perform; publish, adapt and translate the work.\\ \\ Copyright automatically arises upon creation of the work|Depending on the material, copyright for literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works generally lasts 70 years from the year of the author'​s death or from the year of first publication after the author'​s death.\\ \\ Copyright for films and sound recordings lasts 70 years from their publication and for broadcasts, 70 years from the year in which they were made.| ^Copyright|Copyright protects works such as: paintings; sculptures; drawings; engravings; photographs;​ buildings or a model of a building; films; computer programs; dramatic works; books; and sound recordings. ​ The copyright owner has the exclusive right to broadcast; communicate,​ copy; license; import; perform; publish, adapt and translate the work.\\ \\ Copyright automatically arises upon creation of the work|Depending on the material, copyright for literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works generally lasts 70 years from the year of the author'​s death or from the year of first publication after the author'​s death.\\ \\ Copyright for films and sound recordings lasts 70 years from their publication and for broadcasts, 70 years from the year in which they were made.|

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