Requirements under the Copyright Act are complex, and staff are advised to consider copyright requirements before they begin preparing resources. The university's copyright website has a detailed manual to assist staff prepare copyright compliant teaching and learning resources. If in doubt, staff are strongly advised to ask for assistance.
Part VB of the Copyright Act permits the University to copy or communicate limited amounts of literary works (published text), artistic works (images, photos, tables, diagrams) and music in written form, but specifically excludes computer programs and computer manuals. In summary staff can copy:
- One chapter or 10% of the total pages from a book, report or other literary work: whichever is greater;
- Up to 15 pages of each work from an anthology (including conference proceedings; published editions of collected works or collections of readings or essays);
- One or more articles on the same specific topic from a periodical (a single issue of a journal, newspaper of magazine);
- 10% from a musical work in written form (sheet music).
Staff can copy the whole or part of a literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work (excluding a periodical) if a new copy is not available within a reasonable time at an ordinary commercial price. This provision may be used to copy the whole of an out-of-print text, but staff need to check with the publisher (and retain evidence) to make sure that no reprints are planned within the reasonable times i.e. six months for text books and 30 days for other material.
Staff can copy whole artistic works, including diagrams, photos, maps, technical drawings and some tables, which have not been separately published in hard-copy and are not available for purchase at a reasonable price within a reasonable period of time (e.g. as a poster or post card from a gallery).
The copyright requirements for printed and digital material are different. A reader may be approved for print but only some of the readings able to be displayed online via the DRMC of the Library. Contact the University Copyright Coordinator for more information.