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Copyright: Case Studies

Copyright information and resources for senior school students and teachers

Source: Black, S. (2020).

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.

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)

Copyright | Case studies: Famous and important cases

Level 2

Copyright | Case studies: Can a monkey own Copyright?

Definitions"The monkey selfie copyright dispute is a series of disputes about the copyright status of selfies taken by Celebes crested macaques using equipment belonging to the British nature photographer David Slater. The disputes involve Wikimedia Commons and the blog Techdirt, which have hosted the images following their publication in newspapers in July 2011 over Slater's objections that he holds the copyright, and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), who have argued that the macaque should be assigned the copyright." (Wikipedia, n.d.). Note: as of 2020 Wikipedia makes this image available online with the following licence statement:

"This file is in the public domain because, as the work of a non-human animal, it has no human author in whom copyright is vested."

Level 2Articles

Level 2 resource

Level 2 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: American Broadcasting Company (2017) or (American Broadcasting Company, 2017)
Bibliography / Reference list: American Broadcasting Company (2015). Battle over monkey's selfies goes to court, [eVideo].


In text reference / citation: CNN (2014) or (CNN, 2014)
Bibliography / Reference list: CNN (2014). Monkey selfie stirs up monkey business, [eVideo].

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