This guide provides copyright information and links, but not legal opinion, which is relevant to teaching staff in the University community. For copyright matters not covered in this Guide, including copyright surveys, licenses and breaches of copyright , contact the University Copyright Officer. Help is also available from the organisations listed in the External Copyright Contacts box on the left.
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Copyright grants exclusive rights to authors and creators of works, the copyright owners, to enable them to determine how their work can be used so their moral and economic interests are protected.
This means that copyright may restrict:
You must obtain permission from the copyright owner to use material in the above ways. Generally, copyright lasts 70 years after the death of the creator of a work. However, copyright duration varies for different categories of material.
The Copyright Act's 'Fair dealing' allows the use of text material without permission for the following purposes:
(Australian Copyright Council Fair Dealing 2014)
Educational institutions also have special agreements with copyright owners to allow them to digitise and electronically communicate copyright material, see the JCU Copyright Guide,
Some works may be copied under Creative Commons licence.
Categories protected by copyright include:
Check the duration of copyright for different categories of material.
We acknowledge the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and acknowledge Traditional Owners of the lands where our staff and students, live, learn and work.