Sample Copyright Notices

AusGOAL recommends that copyright notices on organisational websites be harmonised with content licensed under the Creative Commons licences.  This can be done a variety of ways.  For example, the Australian Bureau of Statistics and Geoscience Australia have modified their copyright statements such that all content has been licensed under CC BY, by default.  Organisations should avoid circumstances where CC licensed content exists on a website, but the copyright notice contains clauses that operate against the terms of the CC licensed content.  

Other samples of copyright statements have been included below:  

Whole of Government Portals

Copyright

[The Government] supports and encourages
 the dissemination and exchange information, and 
endorses the use of the Australian Governments' Open Access and 
Licensing Framework by its agencies. 

With the exception of the [emblem/coat of arms]emblem, and 
other material protected by a trademark, the content of this website is 
licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence. 

[The Government] requests attribution as [The Government]. 

All other rights are reserved.  
 
[The Government] has undertaken reasonable enquiries to 
identify material owned by third parties and secure permission for its reproduction. 
Permission may need to be obtained from third parties to re-use their material. 
 

 

A Government Department or Organisation

Copyright

[The Department/Organisation] supports and encourages the 
dissemination and exchange of information and has endorsed the use of the 
Australian Governments' Open Access and Licensing Framework. 
Material produced by [The Department/Organisation] constitutes 
Crown copyright.


Save for the content on this website supplied by third parties, the
[The Department/Organisation] logo, the [Jurisdictions] Coat of Arms, 
and any material protected by a trademark, [The Department/Organisation]
has applied the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence. 
[The Department/Organisation] asserts the right to be attributed as author
of the original material in the following manner:


© [Commonwealth of Australia/State of/Government of] [The Department/
Organisation] 2011.

As far as practicable, material for which the copyright is owned by a 
third party will be clearly labelled. [The Department/Organisation] has 
made all reasonable efforts to ensure that this material has been reproduced
 on this website with the full consent of the copyright owners.