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Copyright for Staff: Introduction

This guide provides copyright information relevant to lecturing staff when developing teaching and learning resources. The information is for guidance only – it is not legal advice.

About this Guide

This guides intent is to provide staff at Central Regional TAFE with advice on complying with copyright requirements when developing their teaching and learning materials.

This guide is not intended as legal advice, nor is it intended  to provide advice on the creation of commercial materials. Its focus is on correct licencing use and attributions when using third-party content in an educational environment.  Go to the More tab for additional copyright information.

If you can't find the answer you are looking for, refer to the internal policy OM014P Managing Copyright Obligations, available on CentraNET. If you need further assistance, please contact the Library.

Copyright Symbol (2014). Source:

Complying with Attribution Requirements

Complying with copyright attribution requirements in an electronic environment can seem complex and difficult.   There are a lot of different rules and restrictions, and it can be hard to know where to start. This guide will help you find your way through the copyright attribution maze, and show you how easy it can be to meet your copyright obligations.   

Complying with copyright attribution can be easy - just follow three steps.     

 STEP 1.   Decide which licence or authorisation you should use.  There are really only five main options.  Use our flow chart to help you decide.  Be sure to comply with any relevant licence restrictions.  

 STEP 2.   Create your attribution, by combining your licence information with your item information.  Use the  APA referencing style for your item information.See our attribution examples to get the correct layout.

 STEP 3.   Attach the attribution to the copyright information.   It doesn't really make any difference whether you are using copyright information in Blackboard directly, or through another online medium like Powerpoint.  You need to provide the attribution at the point where you use the copyright information.


We thank the former Polytechnic West Library for allowing some of their guide content to be adapted for use in this guide.