A Simple Guide to Copyright Compliance

Whilst copyright protects the rights of copyright owners, it also seeks to promote the free flow and exchange of information by providing a number of ways that third party copyright material (i.e. material created by another person) may be reproduced or communicated. If you are a student or a member of staff of Flinders University then you may reproduce or communicate copyright material if:
  • You own the copyright for the work.
  • Flinders University owns the copyright and you wish to use the material for Flinders University teaching or business purposes.
  • Copyright in the work has expired.
  • You are copying or communicating an insubstantial portion.
  • You have an express licence to use the work, e.g. a contract, web site conditions, copyright owner has explicitly waived copyright, etc.
  • You have permission from the copyright owner for the use you plan to make.
  • Your proposed use is a fair dealing and you observe the limits and rules under the fair dealing provisions. Students and researchers, in particular, rely on fair dealing for most of their needs.
  • You are reproducing the material that you own for your personal use and you observe the limits and rules under the personal use provisions.
  • You are reproducing material in an accessible format to assist a student with a print or intellectual disability.
  • Your proposed use fits the definition of a "certain special puposes" under s200AB of the Act. For more information contact the Copyright Officer.
  • You are copying recorded music for educational purposes or performing music for educational purposes or at a University event as covered by the Music Licence.
  • Your use is for the educational purposes of the University as described in the Statutory Licence provisions. University staff rely on the Statutory Licence provisions to reproduce or communicate teaching material. However, you must observe the prescribed limits and procedures as summarized here:

Digital (electronic) Hardcopy Audio-visual - Broadcasts

Limited amount - 10% or 1 chapter whichever is greatest or 1 article from a journal issue or newspaper issue (more if the articles are on the same topic). More detail.

Limited access - only available to enrolled students via restricted site/email.

Material is registered - any textual or artistic material reproduced and placed online should be placed in the Library's eReserve. Material which you link to does not need to be registered. Material is registered for 12 months after which time it should either be taken down or re-registered.

Material must be attributed - all material must include a proper & accurate citation. Copyright warning notice must be displayed as or before the electronic file is opened. More detail.

Material from library databases can only be linked to using OpenURL not downloaded.
Limited amount - 10% or 1 chapter whichever is greatest or 1 article from a journal or newspaper issue (more if the articles are on the same topic). More detail.

Material must be attributed - all material must include a proper & accurate citation.

Readers - if material is used in a reader it is marked as required. More detail.

Multiple Copying - can make as many copies as required.

Material from library databases can only be linked to using OpenURL not printed for readers or handouts.
Limited access - only available to enrolled students via restricted site/email.

Material must be attributed and comply with the marking requirements. More detail.

Copyright warning notice must be displayed on any broadcasts communicated online. More detail.

Detailed GuidelinesDetailed A-V Guidelines

The Library provides a service for academic staff to put electronic versions of materials that are prescribed on readings lists for students, so that material can be made available online via FLO.
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