Information for organisations seeking to be prescribed as a 'Key Cultural Institution'

Currently only instututions such as the state and national libraries are able to take advantage of the preservation provisions contained in sections 51B, 110BA and 112AA Copyright Act 1968, introduced at the end of 2006. The Attorney-General's Department released its guidelines on the kinds of factors it will consider when deciding whether to prescribe other libraries or archives as "key cultural institutions". If prescribed, the library or archive can then take advantage of these new preservation provisions. Key considerations taken into account are whether the library or archives hold material that is of historical or cultural significance to Australia, and whether this material is accessible to the public for research and study purposes.

The guidelines are available here. They also contain further information and examples on how the preservation provisions work.

Together with the Australian Digitial Alliance, the Australian Libraries Copyright Committee has produced some further information on the Attorney General's Guidelines on applying to be prescribed as a "key cultural institution. These guidelines are to assist organsations wishing to apply to the Attorney-General to be prescribed as a "key cultural institution". Once prescribed, organisations can take advantage of further preservation provisions in Copyright Act 1968 (Cth).

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