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Teachers: Copyright

A collection of resources for TasTAFE teachers.

What copyright means for teachers?

Exceptions under the Copyright Act means that teachers and students can copy more information for educational purposes than they can for any other purpose.  TasTAFE also pays copyright owners under Education Licence B of the Copyright Act for the use of their material.

There are limits to the amount of material you can copy under these provisions.  If you need to copy more you must get the copyright owners permission.

 

Think, Link or Embed

Rather than downloading a document to make available to your students, think about providing the link. When you link you are not copying so copyright does not apply.

Want to use a video? Is there an embed code provided? You can use this code to play the video in your PowerPoint or online. Embedding provided code is not copying so copyright does not apply.

 

 

Alternatives to Copyriight

Creative Commons

Creative Commons (CC) licences were developed to allow creators to share their work more easily.  CC licences allow the creator to give people the right to share, use and build upon a work. The creator can also decide if people can use their work for commercial or non-commercial  purposes.

 

Open Educational Resources

OER are teaching and learning materials that are free for anyone to access, use, adapt and share.  They can include any format or type of resource, include things like textbooks, curriculum materials, learning objects, interactive media, games and more. OER can be complete courses or single learning objects.  

 

Public Domain

Seventy years after the creators death copyright ends and the work enters the Public Domain.  Creators can also place their work into the Public Domain, this is often done using the CC0 licence

Once a work enters the Public Domain you are free to use it without limitations. Unlike CC, works in the public domain do not require attribution. As with anything you use for educational purposes, it is best practice to label the material.

Copyright For TasTAFE Teachers

The libraries are here to help you with copyright, email us or visit your local library for support.

You can also access the Introduction to Copyright Canvas course.  This short course explains the basics of copyright, shows you how to attribute resources in your Canvas courses and provides information about the use of different types of works. 

General Copyright Links

Using Copyrighted Material

Text

Hardcopy

  • 10% or a chapter from a book, whichever is larger
  • One article from an issue of a magazine or newspaper
  • More than one article  from an issue of a magazine or newspaper if the articles are about the same subject
  • No more than fifteen pages from an anthology – e.g. a short story from a collection

Online

You can copy a reasonable portion from websites.
Similar limits as hardcopy apply:
  • 10% of the words or a chapter
  • one article

Images

Hardcopy

  • You can copy images or parts of images that accompany or illustrate text, eg. a diagram or a chart in a textbook
  • If the image does not accompany or illustrate text, you can copy it if it is not available for purchase within 30 days
  • You can copy if you have permission from the copyright holder

Online

Under our Statutory Licence, if the source material is electronic, you are able to copy and communicate. For Educational Purposes. If you are not sure if your use is allowed there are many alternatives to copyrighted images you can find some here.

Copyright Alternatives

.You can find links to a number of image sites that offer free for use, Public Domain and/or Creative Commons images on the 'Images, Video & Music' page here.


Music & Sound

You can play music in your classes, if it is for educational purposes
This includes physical copies of music (eg. CDs) or online (eg. free content on iTunes). The people listening/performing the music must be students, teachers and/or directly connected to TasTAFE (eg. support staff).

This does not cover non-educational use of music

TasTAFE purchase licences that cover background music for our large shared spaces such as libraries, cafeterias, student lounges, restaurants and hair dressing salons.

You will need to use your headphones if you would like music in your office because our licences do not cover these spaces so background sound can not be played.

Copyright Alternatives

You can find links to a number of image sites that offer free for use, Public Domain and/or Creative Commons images on the 'Images, Video & Music' page here.

Video

You are able to:

  • Play live broadcasts
  • Play/communicate purchased content - DVDs from the library & our online videos
  • Play online TV programs ABC iViewSBS OnDemand etc             
    Smartcopying
  • Embed video in your Canvas course or presentation

TasTAFE no longer holds a Screenrights Licence.  This means that we can not record TV programs and show them in class. The libraries existing collection of TV recordings are still available for educational use. 

You can find over 2,500 streaming videos through the search box at the top of this page and more sources of video on the Finding Information page.