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NLA Legal Deposit scheme to extend to digital publications in February

New legislation requiring publishers to deposit certain online publications with the National Library of Australia (NLA) will come into effect from February 2016.

Earlier this year, the federal parliament passed legislation extending current legal deposit requirements under the 1968 Copyright Act, which include only printed publications, to include digital works.

The NLA has released information about the scheme on its website and will soon begin to make requests for certain online material, such as websites and ebooks, that it wishes to store. Only publishers who receive requests from the NLA are required to deliver electronic copies of their work.

In a statement the NLA said extending the deposit scheme to cover online works ‘will allow the National Library to collect and preserve all Australian publications, whether in print or digital form’.


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