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Copyright: Overview

Copyright information and resources for senior school students and teachers


CopyrightAll students and staff have obligations under the Australian Copyright Act, 1968 (Cth). These resources help you understand how to apply Copyright and Creative Commons guidelines.

Did you know that using some else's work without their permission is against the law? Copyright Act, 1968 (Cth).

For more information see the Students and Copyright and the Copyright for Schools information sheets at the Official Guide to Copyright Issues for Australian Schools at Smartcopying.

Referencing Notice Don't forget to cite and reference your sources. For help see the Junior School or Senior School referencing guides, and / or CiteMaker.
Resource Key

When accessing content use the numbers below to guide you:


Brief, basic information laid out in an easy-to-read format. May use informal language. (Includes most news articles)


Provides additional background information and further reading. Introduces some subject-specific language.

Level 3 resourceLEVEL

Lengthy, detailed information. Frequently uses technical/subject-specific language. (Includes most analytical articles)

Level 1Information

Question: The School has an Education Licence so does this mean I doesn’t have to worry about Copyright?

Answer: The School does have an Education Licence, and while this gives us extra rights there are still limits to what we can and can't do. See the What can you copy and use section of this guide for more details. Irrespective, even if the work is in the freely available in the public domain, you still need to cite and reference your sources.

Copyright | Overview: Basic definitions

DefinitionsCopyright, Creative Commons and Public Domain are a few terms you will need to understand as each comes with different legal obligations. Often, but not always, you will see a icon that indicates what type of licence is being used. This lets you know what you can and can't do.

Copyright | Overview: Key SmartCopy guidelines

Level 1InformationUse the following SmartCopying resources to gain a basic information of Copyright in Australia, as well as information about what you can and can't do. This information comes from the National Copyright Guidelines. For more information see also the Australian Copyright Council eBooks located under the Bookshelf section of this guide.

Level 2

Copyright | Overview: Videos

Level 1 resourceFilm and videoUsing YouTube on campus help and instructionsTo view these video on campus remember to first login to your school Google account using your mConnect username and password. Click here for more help on using YouTube on campus.


In text reference / citation: Common Sense Education (2020) or (Common Sense Education, 2020)
Bibliography / Reference list: Common Sense Education (2020). Creativity, Copyright, and Fair Use, [eVideo].

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