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Copyright - Copyright Basics

Copyright information for students and teachers


   or the links below:

Copyright basics 
Copyright for students 
Copyright for teachers 
Sourcing free resources 
Presentations by the National Copyright Unit
Other Useful Subject Guides
Vocational Education and Training

Guide editor: Chris Pickering - Wollongong Library. Phone: 4229 0464
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What is Copyright?

Copyright gives authors and creators legal protection over their works including the right to grant or deny permission to others to reproduce it. An idea cannot be copyright, only the way that idea is expressed in a work.

 How much can I copy?

 For research or study, you can copy a reasonable portion, which is defined as:

  • one chapter or 10% of the pages from a book
  • a single article from a periodical issue; more if needed for the same research or course.

You can copy more if the material is out of copyright or you have permission from the copyright owner.

A 'work' can range from a novel to a painting, a photograph, a webpage, computer software and much more.

To pretend that another person's work is your own is unethical and dishonest. Please refer to the
 Use of TAFE NSW Internet and Intranet Services Policy and the
 TAFE Illawarra Student Guide - Your Rights and Responsibilities (pages 9 - 11).

Visit the Smartcopying website - the official guide to copyright issues for Australian schools and TAFE.

Books about Copyright - available for loan

Choose a topic from the list below to find a selection of relevant books and DVDs.

If the book is not held at your local campus library, you can request an interlibrary loan.


New books for loan from TAFE Illawarra libraries

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What does copyright protect?

  Literary works (books, articles)

  Computer programs

  Compilations (includes electronic databases)

  Artistic work (paintings, cartoons, drawings)

  Dramatic works (plays, performance, dance)

  Musical works (melodies, song music, lyrics, advertising jingles, film scores)


  Cinematograph films (TV programs, films, videos)


  Broadcasts (Television programs, radio broadcasts)


  Sound recordings (CDS, records, tapes, MP3s)

Images sourced from:  
All-Silhouettes   Microsoft Office ClipArt

Where can I find more Information?

Basic Copyright Sessions

If your teaching section would like the library to deliver a basic copyright session, please contact your library. 

Teachers can also request Referencing & Plagiarism skills sessions for classes of students - contact your campus library.