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Copyright - Using Third-Party Content: Copyright Basics

Copyright Basics

In the process of your teaching, you may often want to refer to the work of other teachers or authors, to help your students in their understanding of the topic.

There are a number of ways in which you can make the work of others (known as third party content) available, and in this Guide, we will explain the various ways you can do so.

Complying with copyright requirements demonstrates responsible academic practice, sets a good example for your students, and protects your reputation, and the reputation of South Metropolitan TAFE.

Read on, for a guide to the many ways that you can use third-party content to enhance your teaching materials.

Why Attribute?

       "There are many reasons to attribute teaching resources:

  • To ensure that TAFE does not pay to copy material that it owns or has permission to use. If material is not properly attributed, the TAFE sector may end up paying to use material that it owns or has permission to use.

  • Assist with the distribution of copyright royalties under the statutory licence scheme. Including the name of the creator and copyright owner of a work will help ensure that the author and/or copyright owner receive royalties to which they are entitled.

  • Lead students by example. Students should learn how to attribute material they have used in their work and need to understand why attribution is important. Teachers should set an example by properly attributing all their teaching material.

  • If TAFE institutes intend to commercialise their resources, proper attribution and professional presentation is essential.

  • Moral rights legislation creates a general obligation to attribute the creator of material, unless it is reasonable in the circumstances not to attribute. The author may not be the same person as the copyright owner."

Attribution of Text and Artistic Works: TAFE by Smartcopying is licenced under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International Licence.

More information about Copyright

This guide is intended to illustrate how to use third-party content in your educational material at Polytechnic West.  For more detailed reading about copyright, see the following sites:

WestOne particularly their excellent Copyright - Doing It Right tool.
WestOne provides support and learning resources to the WA VET community.

The offical guide to copyright issues for Australian Schools and TAFES.

Australian Copyright Council  
Provides advice to people working in educational institutions, galleries, libraries and museums.

Copyright Act 1968  
The Copyright Act 1968 is the legislation which controls copyright in Australia.

Copyright Agency Limited (CAL)  
CAL administers the provisions of Part VB of the Copyright Act 1968, which allows educational institutions to utilise copyright text and images, through the collection and distribution of licence fees (the CAL Licence).

Screenrights Australia administers the provision of Part VA of the Copyright Act 1968, which allows educational institutions to utilise copyright television and radio programs, through the collection and distribution of licence fees (the Screenrights Licence). 

What is Copyright?

"A simple definition of copyright is that it is a bunch of rights in certain creative works (literary works, artistic works, musical works, computer programs, sound recordings, films and broadcasts) which can be used to stop others from copying the creative works without permission.

At its most basic, copyright is simply the exclusive right to copy.

The rights are granted exclusively to the copyright owner to reproduce (copy, scan, print) and communicate (email, put on Internet) the material, and for some material, the right to perform or show the work to the public. Copyright owners can prevent others from reproducing or communicating their work without their permission. Only the copyright owner can licence or sell these rights to someone else."

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Useful Copyright Documents

Documents produced by the Australian Copyright Council, covering copyright in educational institutions: