Copyright

Part VB licence of the Copyright Act (1968) allows UNSW staff to copy and print, graphic and digital material for educational purposes without direct permission from the copyright owner. The University is also bound by specific licence agreements signed by UNSW Library and online content providers.

What restrictions apply when loading items into your Learning Management System and High Use Collection?

When adding material extracted from print items into course management systems, copyright restrictions must be adhered to. Only short quotes or extracts, for example, a paragraph are allowed before copyright restrictions need to be considered. When greater portions of print items are required digitally, requests should be sent to High Use Collection Services. Copyright limitations will be checked and a link to a digital copy for your use will be sent back to you. The details will be centrally recorded to comply with copyright and licence restrictions. You will be notified if material cannot be used.

There are many copyright free resources available that may be used when preparing online course material in Learning Management Systems.

For more details refer to the Teaching Support section of the UNSW Copyright site.

Copyright limits are:

Articles contained in a print periodical publication

The whole or part of an article may be copied. Two or more articles contained in the same serial publication may be copied if the articles relate to the same subject matter. Two or more articles on different topics cannot be included if they are from the same issue of the periodical.

Literary or dramatic work contained in a print published anthology

All or part of a work may be copied, if it is up to 15 pages long. If it is over 15 pages long only 10% of the pages may be copied. Two or more works (or parts of works over 15 pages long) in an anthology may be copied provided the total amount copied is not more than 10% of the pages of the anthology.

Other copying of print literary, dramatic or musical works

No more than 10% of the pages or one chapter (whichever is more) may be copied. This limit applies across the whole University. If the limit has already been reached through the copying of material for another course, your request may be refused. However, more may be copied if the person copying is satisfied after reasonable investigation that copies (other than second hand copies) of the work cannot be obtained within a reasonable time at an ordinary commercial price. (Contact UNSW Bookshop for advice on whether the item can be obtained.)

Material from websites and online publications

Only 10% of the words of each item may be copied. If the items are book chapters or journal articles on freely available websites, follow the guidelines for print items above. You are encouraged to link to articles in online journals and chapters in online books to which the Library subscribes and not upload them to the server.

For book chapters and journal articles to which UNSW Library subscribes, licence conditions determine if they may be copied. To find out whether the licence conditions for a particular product, check the licensing conditions.

Artistic works including graphs, diagrams

An artistic work may be copied in whole or part if that artistic work accompanies a literary or dramatic work for the purpose of explaining or illustrating the literary or dramatic work copied, or it is not separately published.

If an artistic work has been separately published, no more than a reasonable portion of that work can be copied unless a new copy of the artistic work cannot be obtained within a reasonable time at an ordinary price.

There are no copyright restrictions on digital versions of an artistic work. If, however, you wish to make the work available online, it must be accompanied by a Part VB Electronic Use Notice and a full bibliographic citation.

What restrictions apply when submitting material for printed study kits?

The limits are:

Articles contained in a print periodical publication

The limits for articles contained in a print periodical publication are the same as for Learning Management Systems (see above).

Literary or dramatic work contained in a print published anthology

The limits for a literary or dramatic work contained in a print published anthology are the same as for Learning Management Systems (see above).

Other copying of print literary, dramatic or musical works

The limits for other copying of print literary, dramatic or musical works are the same as for Learning Management Systems (see above), except that the limit to copying does not apply across the whole University. The limit only applies to each course.

Material from websites and online publications

Only 10% of the words of a document may be copied from freely available websites. From freely available websites, no more than one chapter or one article may be copied if the website is set out as a book with chapters or a journal with articles.

Material copied from online publications to which UNSW Library subscribes may be rejected from inclusion due to commercial licence conditions.

Artistic works including graphs, diagrams

An artistic work may be copied in whole or part if that artistic work accompanies a literary or dramatic work for the purpose of explaining or illustrating the literary or dramatic work copied or it is not separately published.

If an artistic work has been separately published, no more than a reasonable portion of that work can be copied unless a new copy of the artistic work cannot be obtained within a reasonable time at an ordinary price.


Where can I obtain further information?

Please refer to the UNSW Copyright site for further copyright information.

If you require further information on copyright concerning High Use Collection items, contact High Use Collection Services.