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Avoiding copyright infringement

You may only copy, communicate, publish, perform, or adapt copyright material if permitted by an exception in the Copyright Act, or if you have permission of the copyright holder.

Copyright infringement occurs when you reproduce or communicate a ‘substantial part’ of the material. In assessing what constitutes a substantial part, courts have placed an emphasis on the quality and quantity of what is used.

There is no copyright infringement if:

  • The use fits one of the exceptions in the Copyright Act
  • You obtain permission from the copyright holder
  • Use is covered by the Statutory Licence
  • The material is an older work no longer protected by copyright (‘public domain’)
  • Copyright is owned by Curtin University
  • The material has been licensed for use by the University
  • The material is covered by an open licence, such as Creative Commons, that permits re-use