Copyright and Teaching Material

In Australian Universities, the use of copyright content for educational and Instructional purposes is governed by Licences and specific provisions of the Australian Copyright Act, 1968, which is managed by the Australian Government’s Department of Communication and the Arts.

Key University licenses for teaching purposes are:

Current Universities Australia and Screenrights Agreement for Broadcasts: Covers copying and communication (placing online) of TV and radio broadcasts, for educational purposes.

Current Universities Australia and Copyright Agency Agreement for Text and Images: Covers the copying and communication of print and graphic materials (books, journals, images, etc.).

The above agreements are subject to the provisions of the Copyright Act 1968 - Sect 113P -- Copying and communicating works and broadcasts

Limits to copying text:

  • 10% or 1 chapter of a book (whichever is greater)
  • 10% of the words on a website. Best to use a link to the website.One article in a printed journal issue can be copied, more than one article if the articles are on the same subject
  • Text works such as scanned articles from print journal issues, scanned book chapters, and downloaded PDFs from the Library’s electronic books and journals must not be uploaded directly to vUWS
  • The above materials must be emailed to the Library’s Reading Direct Service at readingsdirect@western.sydney.edu.au
  • Files containing images require a Section 113P Copyright Notice and can be used in vUWS

Broadcasts

The SCREENRIGHTS AGREEMENT allows :

  • The copying and communication of any TV or radio broadcast via vUWS with the Section 113P Copyright Notice attached.
  • The copying and communication of any broadcasts placed  by the broadcaster on their web sites via vUWS with the Section 113P Copyright Notice attached.
  • The Library Resources TVNews and EduTV are based on the Screenrights Agreement however do not require a Section 113P Copyright Notice.

The SCREENRIGHTS AGREEMENT does not cover:

  • Netflix and other streaming services
  • Commercial and borrowed DVDs and Blu-ray
  • YouTube or Vimeo and other video services
  • If you require advice regarding using copyright materials including videos or other audio-visual material in vUWS or in classes, contact the University Copyright Officer, or post a question or query in Copyright Matters via Yammer.

The Commercial Music Licence: Covers copying and communication of sound recordings for educational purposes.

Key Copyright Act Provisions:

Section 28: Showing copyright content including films and DVDs in lectures, workshops and tutorials and communicating copyright content via live streaming.

Section 200AB Special Exception: which may allow the copying and communication of small amounts of audio-visual material under special circumstance.

If you require advice regarding using Section 200AB in vUWS or in classes, contact the University Copyright Officer, or post a question or query in Copyright Matters via Yammer.