Centre for Flexible Learning (CFL)

Fiji Copyright Act

Main features of Fiji Copyright Act, which USP follows:
Copyright does not exist in a literary, dramatic or musical work unless and until the work is recorded, in writing, published, broadcast.
(Copyright Act s15(1)).

An owner of the copyright in a work has the exclusive right-


(a)     to copy;
(b)     to issue copies to the public;
(c)     to publicly perform;
(d)     to broadcast;
(e)     to communicate to the public;
(f)     to adapt, the work.

(Copyright Act s16(1)).


Duration of Copyright

1) For literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work - end of 50 years after the end of the calendar year in which an author dies.


2) For a photograph - end of 50 years after the end of the calendar year in which the photograph is taken.


3) For computer-generated work - end of 50 years after the end of the calendar year of authorised publication of the work, or, if no authorised publication within 50 years after the making of the work, at the end of 50 years after the end of the calendar year of its making.


4) For work of unknown authorship - end of 50 years after theend of the calendar year of authorised publication of the work, or if there is no authorised publication within 50 years after the making of the work.


5) For work of joint authors - 50 years after the death of the last of the authors whose identity is known.
(Copyright Act s22).

6) For sound recording or audio visual works - end of 50 years from the end of the calendar year in which the work is made, or is first made available to the public, or is first published, whichever is the latest.
(Copyright Act s23).

7) For broadcast or a cable programme - end of 50 years from the end of the calendar year in which the broadcast is made or cable programme communicated to the public. No copyright in a repeated broadcast or repeated cable programme after the expiry of the copyright in the initial broadcast or cable programme.
(Copyright Act s24).

8) For Copyright in a typographical arrangement of a published edition - end of 25 years from the end of the calendar year in which the edition is first published.
(Copyright Act s25).

9) For State copyright in a typographical arrangement of a published edition - end of 25 years from the end of the calendar year in which the work is made; or in any other work - end of 50 years from the end of the calendar year in which the work is made.
(Copyright Act s26(3)).
 
Permissible Limits


How much can you photocopy without infringing copyright?
    10% of a work; or
    one chapter of a work; or
    a reasonable amount (e.g. 100% of a photo).
for the purposes of research or private study by an individual.