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Teaching Support: Copyright

What is Copyright?

Copyright is a form of Intellectual Property. It gives the copyright holder exclusive rights to control uses of their work, including:

  • reproduction
  • communication
  • publication
  • adaptation 
  • performance

Copyright at Curtin

Copyright at Curtin helps Curtin staff and students understand their obligations and entitlements, including:

  • University’s Statutory Licences
  • Copyright warning notices and labelling requirements
  • Higher Degree Theses

Curtin staff and students are both creators and users of copyright material.

Acknowledging Your Sources

Acknowledge your sources by:

  • Attributing the creator of the material under the Moral Rights provisions of the Copyright Act (the right of attribution).
  • Cite any material that you copy and re-use. Include author, title, source and URL.

An infringement of moral rights is considered an infringement of copyright.

Statutory Licenses

The University participates in 3 licensing schemes that are negotiated by Universities Australia with copyright collecting societies.

The University Copyright Procedures require staff arrange unit readings through the Library. The library can ensure we meet our copying limits under the University's copyright licenses and attach warning notices as required. Staff should not upload copies of third-party copyright material directly to Blackboard. Instead, staff should set up unit readings through the Library Reading Lists service. Reading lists is integrated with Blackboard.

Information on creating your own Reading lists can be found here

Requesting Permission to Use Copyright Material

If you want to copy more than the ‘fair dealing’ copying limits, communicate more than is allowed by the statutory licenses, or if you want to include copyright material in a publication or thesis:

  • In your permission letter, make it clear how you intend to use the material (e.g. non-commercial or educational purposes) and who will have access to it.
  • Ensure you get permission in writing and keep a record of it. Permission via email is acceptable.
  • Abide by any conditions imposed.
  • On the copies themselves make it clear you have copied the material with permission (e.g. ‘reproduced with permission of the copyright holder’) and reference correctly.

Online copyright training

Online modules cover:

  • Copyright basics
  • Attribution and Moral rights
  • Fair dealing
  • Statutory Licences I
  • Statutory Licences II
  • Reading Lists and Blackboard
  • Copyright for HDR Students

Training available by searching for Academic integrity: Copyright for staff through iPerform.

Contact Us

Contact the Copyright Officer by email, or phone (+61 8) 9266 7494 for queries relating to:

  • Use of copyright material for teaching and research purposes;
  • Copyright information sessions;
  • Library database licence agreements.

Copyright in Blackboard

  • Attribute any use of third-party copyright material in your course.
  • Link students to content online rather than making copies. Ensure links are to authorised and legal copies.
  • Use Reading Lists to provide access to readings. Contact The Reserve team  for more information.
  • Insert the electronic warning notice at the start of any documents or slides where you use third-party copyright material.
  • Contact the The University Copyright Team if you are unsure.
  • Upload copies of third-party copyright material directly to Blackboard. Instead add content to Readings Lists.
  • Link to unauthorised copies as this is authorising or facilitating a copyright infringement. Unauthorised copies are made by someone who isn’t the copyright owner, or does not have permission of the copyright owner to make the copies on their behalf.
  • Copy substantial parts of third-party copyright material. The Statutory Licences have copying limits of 1 article per journal, 10% of the text or 1 chapter per book. Do not exceed what is ‘fair’.
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