The following is a list of cases that deal with issues of concern to copyright
in various jurisdictions. Some of these cases are leading English cases as the law of copyright in various Commonwealth
jurisdictions developed out of English law while these countries were colonies of the British Empire
. Other cases provide background in areas of copyright law that may be of interest for the legal reasoning or the conclusions they reach.
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- Autodesk v Dyason (No.2)[?] (1993) 176 CLR 300 (the idea-expression divide is the "dominant principle in copyright law" per Mason CJ: "when the expression of any idea is inseparable from its function, it forms part of the idea and is not entitled to the protection of copyright" per Dawson J)
- Yumbulul v Reserve Bank of Australia[?] (1991) 21 IPR 481 ("copyright law does not provide adequate protection of Aboriginal community claims to regulate the reporoduction and use of works which are essentially communal in origin" (Aus.))
- Zeccola v. Universal City Studios Inc.[?] (1982) 46 ALR 189 (there is no copyright the idea of a theme or a story, but there may be a time where a combination of events and characters reaches sufficient complexity as to give rise to dramatic work compyright (Aus.))
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