Unit of competency details

CUFCMP501A - Manage and exploit copyright arrangements (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to CUACMP501 - Manage copyright arrangementsUpdated to meet Standards for Training Packages. Title changed. 14/Jan/2016

Release Status:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 18/Apr/2008

Training packages that include this unit

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SIT12 - Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Training PackageTourism, Travel and Hospitality Training Package 1.0-2.0 
CUA11 - Live Performance Training PackageLive Performance Training Package 1.0 
CUV11 - Visual Arts, Crafts and Design Training PackageVisual Arts, Crafts and Design Training Package 1.0 
CUA - Creative Arts and Culture Training PackageCreative Arts and Culture Training Package 1.0 
CUS09 - MusicMusic 1.1-1.2 
CUV03 - Visual Arts, Craft and Design Training PackageVisual Arts, Craft and Design Training Package 3.0 
SIT07 - Tourism, Hospitality and Events Training PackageTourism, Hospitality and Events Training Package 2.3-3.0 
CUE03 - Entertainment Training PackageEntertainment Training Package 3.1-3.2 
CUF07 - Screen and Media Training PackageScreen and Media Training Package 1.2 

Qualifications that include this unit

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CUE60303 - Advanced Diploma of Stage ManagementAdvanced Diploma of Stage Management1-2 
CUS50109 - Diploma of MusicDiploma of Music1-2 
CUV40103 - Certificate IV in Visual Arts and Contemporary CraftCertificate IV in Visual Arts and Contemporary Craft
CUV60103 - Advanced Diploma of Arts ManagementAdvanced Diploma of Arts Management
CUA50513 - Diploma of Live Production DesignDiploma of Live Production Design
SIT50212 - Diploma of EventsDiploma of Events1-2 
CUA60111 - Advanced Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance)Advanced Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance)
CUA50211 - Diploma of Musical TheatreDiploma of Musical Theatre
CUF50107 - Diploma of Screen and MediaDiploma of Screen and Media
CUE60103 - Advanced Diploma of Design for Live Production, Theatre and EventsAdvanced Diploma of Design for Live Production, Theatre and Events1-2 
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 090901 Business And Commercial Law  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 090901 Business And Commercial Law  25/Sep/2008 
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Modification History

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Unit Descriptor

Unit descriptor 

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to manage and exploit individual or collaborative copyright arrangements.

This unit is related to CUFCMP301A Implement copyright arrangements.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.

Application of the Unit

Application of the unit 

This unit addresses the management and exploitation of copyright arrangements, including assigning and licensing rights and ensuring copyright is protected locally and internationally. It has application to people involved in exploiting original works, including literary works, computer programs, compilations, artistic works, dramatic works, musical works, cinematograph films, sound recordings, broadcasts, photographs, photographic imagery and published works.

This unit is appropriate for artists, artists' managers, agents, industry managers, legal representatives, music licensers and music publishers.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.


Prerequisite units 

Employability Skills Information

Employability skills 

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge section and the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria



Identify exploitation opportunities for original works

1. Confirm original work  is protected against unauthorised use

2. Research potential for commercial exploitation of original work under copyright, intellectual property and licensing legislation

3. Seek advice, as required, to ensure that copyright issues  are fully addressed in terms of copyright owners exclusive rights  and the rights of others

Protect original works locally and internationally

4. Confirm original work is protected at local and international levels against illegal or unauthorised reproduction (in part or full)

5. Confirm original work is protected at local and international levels against adaptations

6. Confirm original work is protected at local and international levels against unauthorised communications

7. Research and/or obtain reliable legal advice to ensure artists'/copyright owners' rights are protected

Assign copyright of original works

8. Undertake appropriate planning in preparation to negotiate deals for original work

9. Ensure implications of assigning copyright are understood by relevant parties 

10. Assign copyright to new owner according to legislative requirements

11. Confirm and agree with relevant parties the degree to which artists/publishers may control use and exploitation of original work under assignment of copyright

12. Accurately record terms of assignment of copyright into a formal contract that is signed by relevant parties

License rights to original works

13. Confirm and agree to territories in which licensing rights may be exercised with relevant parties

14. Confirm and agree to the timeframe of the licence  with relevant parties

15. Confirm and agree to the terms of exploitation of the original work/licence with relevant parties

16. Confirm and agree on the creative control  of the original work with relevant parties

17. Negotiate fees  relevant to the context of the deal with relevant parties

18. Confirm and agree on the responsibility for enforcing copyright against infringement

19. Accurately record and store terms relating to the licensing deal into a formal contract that is signed by relevant parties

Maintain copyright documentation

20. Store copyright documentation  in a secure and accessible form (for retrieval where required)

21. Identify and confirm responsibility to comply with conditions of copyright agreement

Required Skills and Knowledge


This section describes the skills and knowledge required for this unit.

Required skills 

  • numeracy skills sufficient to negotiate fees and to determine the term of a copyright licence
  • literacy skills sufficient to interpret relevant legislation and to complete copyright documentation
  • communication skills sufficient to:
  • negotiate deals and achieve agreed outcomes
  • interpret the needs and rights of relevant parties
  • explain the difference between assignment and licensing of copyright
  • explain the difference between performing/mechanical/synchronisation rights and communicating to the public rights
  • teamwork skills sufficient to work with relevant parties when negotiating deals
  • problem solving skills sufficient to solve problems arising from negotiating deals
  • technology skills sufficient to use documentation systems for preparing formal contracts and recording/storing copyright agreements

Required knowledge 

  • copyright, intellectual property and licensing legislation relevant to managing and exploiting copyright arrangements
  • industry organisations dealing with copyright, intellectual property and licensing
  • recognised procedures to determine copyright ownership
  • function of the Australian Copyright Council as it relates to own work context
  • function of copyright collection societies as they relate to copyright exploitation
  • copyright conventions in relation to intellectual property (using, producing and protecting), publishing and new technology.

Evidence Guide


The Evidence Guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment 

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

Evidence of the following is essential:

  • ability to research and/or seek appropriate assistance to manage and exploit copyright
  • understanding of the difference between assignment and licensing of copyright
  • understanding of the role of organisations relevant to copyright legislation and business.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Assessment must ensure:

  • access to copyright, intellectual property and licensing legislation, including the Copyright Act 1968 and Copyright Amendment (Digital Agenda) Act 2000
  • access to an environment where original work can be commercially exploited under copyright
  • access to reliable legal advice where required
  • access to appropriate technology to prepare copyright documentation
  • access to appropriate learning and assessment support when required
  • use of culturally appropriate processes and techniques appropriate to the language and literacy capacity of learners and the work being performed.

Method of assessment 

The following assessment methods are appropriate for this unit:

  • direct observation of the candidate managing and exploiting copyright arrangements
  • case studies to assess ability to research commercial exploitation opportunities
  • written and verbal questioning or interview to test knowledge of assigning and licensing of copyright
  • problem solving activities to assess ability to solve problems arising from negotiating deals
  • review of portfolios of evidence and third party workplace reports of on-the-job performance.

Guidance information for assessment 

Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role is recommended, for example:

  • BSBSMB401A Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business
  • FNSICGEN402A Participate in negotiations.

Range Statement


The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Original works  may include:

  • artistic works, e.g. paintings, drawings, cartoons, sculpture, craft work, architectural plans, buildings, photographs, photographic imagery, maps, plans, special effects make-up
  • broadcasts, e.g. television, radio
  • cinematograph films, e.g. film, video, DVD
  • compilations, e.g. anthologies, directories, databases
  • computer programs
  • dramatic works, e.g. choreography, screenplays, plays, mime pieces, performances
  • musical works/performances
  • published editions
  • sound recordings/performances
  • textual material, e.g. journal articles, novels, screenplays, poems, song lyrics, reports.

Copyright issues  may include:

  • exploited reversion triggers
  • length of control period after expiration of term
  • non-exploited reversion triggers
  • ownership of materials
  • term of licence or assignment.

Exclusive rights  may include:

  • communicating the work to the public
  • importing the work into Australia
  • licensing and assigning the work
  • making an adaptation of the work
  • making the work public for the first time
  • performing/showing/transmitting the work in public
  • reproducing the work
  • synchronising the work
  • translating the work.

Relevant parties  may include:

  • agents/artists' managers/industry managers
  • artists
  • employee associations/union representatives
  • industry/industry association representatives
  • legal representatives
  • licensers/publishers.

Licence  may include:

  • exclusive licence
  • implied licence
  • non-exclusive licence.

Creative control  may include:

  • right of approval of sub-licensing or assignments
  • selection of material
  • selection of producers
  • to what extent and how the work may be recast
  • ways in which the work is exploited.

Fees  may include:

  • advance recouped against royalty
  • outright fee or royalty, or a combination of both.

Documentation  may include dated copies of:

  • artwork
  • contracts
  • digital media products
  • footage
  • letters or other communications with people who have access to the original work
  • manuscripts
  • music, presented in any media or format
  • negatives/photographs/photographic imagery
  • recordings
  • scores (music/film).

Unit Sector(s)

Unit sector 

Competency field

Competency field 

Regulation, licensing and risk - Compliance

Co-requisite units

Co-requisite units