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Copyright for Staff: Attributions

This guide provides College staff with information how to on comply with copyright requirements when developing their teaching and learning materials, whether it is in print or online.


You must attribute all materials you use regardless of licence!

Basic Attribution Layouts

Here is the standard text and basic layout for each of the five main types of attribution.  

  • Where possible use the APA Referencing style.
  • Replace the text in brackets [ ] with the relevant information from your third party material.  
  • For more examples, see the Attribution Examples box.

Material owned by Central Regional TAFE:

© Central Regional TAFE, [insert Year].

Material copied with permission of the copyright owner:

© Reproduced and made available for copying and communication by Central Regional TAFE for its educational purposes by [insert copyright owner].

Material copied under Creative Commons (content unchanged):

[Title of Work] by [Owner] is licenced under [Version of CC Licence (link to URL)] [CC licence logo]. Information regarding the CC licence may also be provided by inserting a hyperlink within the CC logo image to the licence itself. This style of attribution is for digital resources only.

Material from the Library Licenced Databases:

No attribution required where a link to the original is provided.  You may link to the entire item (article, ejournal, ebook).  It is strongly advised that only links are provided.

Material copied under Statutory Licences in Section 113P:

      Copied under s113P [link to notice if communicating electronically] of the Copyright Act 1968.
      Producer Surname, Initial. (Producers). ([Year]). Title. Network.

      Copied under s113P [link to notice if communicating electronically] of the Copyright Act 1968.
      Author Surname, Initial. ([Year]). Title. Publisher.

More Attribution Examples

Placing an electronic attribution label

  • In an electronic environment, the attribution, including any links to Notices or source material as required, should be as close as possible to the relevant material. If it cannot be directly adjacent, then it should at least be on the same page. You can use a small font, and a lighter text colour, so long as it is visible.

  • If you are doing multiple attributions under s113P in a PowerPoint presentation, it would be sufficient to include an intro or closing slide with the attribution information, using a numbering and referencing system. However, under each item of third party content, you should clearly direct readers to the list of references.  

  • It is not appropriate to do mouse-over attribution and in some cases you are not legally permitted to do so. The attribution must be visible when the page is printed out.

Placing a print attribution label

  • In a print environment, your Licence statement should be on the verso of your document (the page to the left of the title page).
  • You should seek permission from the copyright owner where necessary.  You should also include full and proper referencing for all third-party content.