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Copyright for teaching staff

Copyright Responsibility


Academics have a personal responsibility to ensure that their course is compliant with Copyright, including courses which they have 'taken over' from another academic.

Lectures & LearnJCU



Can I add this article to my LearnJCU site?

Add the article to a reading list, and link this list, or list section (e.g. Week 5 Readings) into your LearnJCU site via the Readings linking function. 

Linked readings appear like this in your LearnJCU site:Readings LTI logo

Any articles or chapters used in your LearnJCU site must be managed via the Readings platform, to ensure copyright compliance across campus.

I don't have time to make a list with all of my articles. What now?

We understand that everyone is time poor, and library staff will help as much as possible, subject coordinators and lecturers are expected to create and populate their own lists. Your discipline  Liaison Librarian  can provide the necessary help and assistance.  See for instructions.

Can I add this YouTube video to my LearnJCU site?

Students may be given the direct link to YouTube videos, however copies cannot be made without permission. YouTube should be linked to only with caution, as the original may be infringing copyright. Check carefully!

Can I make this film clip available online?

Commercial films may not be copied or put online (unless a licensed agreement permits).


Good practice example of embedding a Youtube video:

  • The video is legally uploaded to YouTube
  • be used to


Can I use material which is freely available on the Internet?

Just because material on the internet is freely available, doesn't mean that you may simply copy it. The usual limits will apply.  You can also check for any copyright statement on the web site about using material. Creative Commons material may allow more generous limits.

Material found on the Internet should be referenced as usual.


Can I show this film clip or video?

Under the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth), permission is generally not required from copyright owners to screen a film or video in class, provided:

  • the screening is part of a course offered by the University and not for entertainment;
  • all the people in the audience are part of the course; and
  • the course is 'not-for-profit'.


(In some cases, the terms and conditions applying to the purchase or hire of films or videos may mean you would be breaching a contractual licence by screening the film or video in class, even though you are not infringing copyright. For example, videos and DVDs that have been hired from video rental shops using a private borrowing card must not be used other than for private home viewing.)

If your lecture is being recorded by Mediasite, for later downloading by students using LearnJCU, see special conditions in Recording and Streaming Lectures.

YouTube videos should be used with caution as they may be infringing copyright.


Copyright Warning Notice

The copyright warning notice for educational purposes should be used if you wish to make copyright material available online, to students for teaching purposes. An example of this might be your lecture PowerPoint presentation. 

Display the notice prominently for example as the first slide in the PowerPoint, or the cover sheet of a PDF. It should appear either before or at the same time as the copyright material is communicated appears on the screen. 

Any Readings you use under the Copyright Act have this notice inserted automatically, your lecture materials and recorded lectures do not. 

The warning reads: Commonwealth of Australia Copyright Regulations 1969. Warning: This material has been reproduced and communicated to you by or on behalf of James Cook University in accordance with section 113P of the Copyright Act 1968 (Act). The material in this communication may be subject to copyright under the Act. Any further reproduction of communication of this material by you may be the subject of copyright protection under the Act. Do not remove this notice.

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.Acknowledgement of Country

Creative Commons Licence
Except where otherwise noted, this work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC BY-SA) 4.0 International License. Content from this Guide should be attributed to James Cook University Library. This does not apply to images, third party material (seek permission from the original owner) or any logos or insignia belonging to JCU or other bodies, which remain All Rights Reserved.