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ResearchOnline@JCU: Copyright

This LibGuide will help researchers and depositors get started with ResearchOnline@JCU, the institutional repository of James Cook University. ResearchOnline@JCU is the collection of research outputs by JCU staff and higher degree research students.

Copyright for postgraduate students

Postgraduate students, may create or use copyrighted material in the course of their studies and life. Unless teaching, Postgraduate students are not covered under the University Copyright Licences but can copy and reproduce third party copyright material under the "Fair Dealing" provisions of the Copyright Act 1968 or utilise Creative Commons licensed materials.

Learn more about copyright at the Copyright & Copy Wrongs Workshop - see the Graduate Research School's Skills Program for upcoming workshops

Third party copyright material in your thesis

Third party material refers to any material for which you do not own the copyright.

To use third party material in your thesis, you need to have permission from the copyright owner, or be able to rely on provisions in the Copyright Act that allow you to use third party material without permission.

You do not need to seek permission if:

  • There is a licence which permits you to use the work in the way you wish to use it e.g. a contract, web site conditions, Creative Commons licence, copyright owner has explicitly waived copyright.
  • You are the creator of the work but have signed copyright ownership over to a third party (e.g. a publisher) and you wish to use the work in a way that is permitted in the copyright transfer agreement (also known as a publishing agreement). As an example, the publisher may permit you to load an Accepted Version to your institutional repository.
  • Your use is covered under Fair dealing for criticism or review provision of the Copyright Act.
  • Your use is covered under Fair dealing for parody & satire provision of the Copyright Act.
  • You are including an insubstantial portion.
  • Copyright in the work has expired.

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