Copyright law varies from country to country but one oddity of Australian copyright law is that although copyright for published works expires 70 years after the creator’s death, for unpublished works copyright lasts forever. This oddity means that letters, diaries and even family recipes end up being trapped in limbo.
FAIR (Freedom of Access to Information and Resources) and ALIA (the Australian Library and Information Association) are running an interesting campaign to try and change this. Calling for the standard copyright term for published works to also apply to unpublished works – FAIR has been calling on the community to take up cooking for copyright.
They are asking community members cook for copyright on July 31 by cooking and sharing recipes on their Facebook page. You can find out more (and find some great vintage recipes) over at the FAIR website: https://fair.alia.org.au/cookingforcopyright