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Copyright for Students: Introduction

This guide provides copyright information which is relevant to students. Please note that the information is for your guidance only – it is not legal advice.

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What is Copyright?

Copyright grants exclusive rights to authors and creators of works, the copyright owners, to enable them to determine how their work can be used so their moral and economic interests are protected.
  •  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.
  • The copyright owner has the exclusive rights to reproduce and communicate 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.

             Source: Smartcopying

Copyright : Why it Matters

  • Copyright gives creators control over their creative works. 
  • It allows them the ability to earn a living from their works and/or to control how their works are used and communicated.


This guide contains some material from the Smartcopying website and the W.A. Department of Training and Workforce Development guides on CopyrightAvailable under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Licence


We thank the WA Dept. of Training and Workforce Development for providing copyright advice as well as the University of Canberra Library for allowing their guide content to be adapted for use in this guide.


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