Material on the Internet
Material on the Internet is covered by copyright: it is NOT "copyright free".
If an internet site is not password-protected or covered by a contractual agreement, and you wish to copy material from it for educational purposes, you may be able to rely on the fair dealing provisions of the Copyright Act, though it is often difficult to interpret the limits applicable.
- For literary and dramatic work, your copying should be limited to one periodical article, one chapter or 10% of the words. However, it is often difficult to interpret how much this is as material on the Internet is not generally conveniently divided into articles and chapters, and word counts are rarely given. If in doubt, contact the Legal and Compliance Office or seek permission to copy from the copyright owner - start by emailing the site's owner.
- An artistic work can be copied in its entirety - you do not have to limit yourself to 10% of it! Note that, for copyright purposes, "artistic work" does not include animations or moving images - these are considered films.
- If you need to copy music, film, video or other audio-visual material from the internet for educational purposes, you must check first with the Legal and Compliance Office.
You should normally only make a single copy, for your own individual use. You should only make multiple copies if your purpose is "criticism or review" - e.g. if you are making a tutorial presentation which involves commenting on the work and you need to provide all the students in the tutorial with a copy of an extract from it.
Material which does not support the educational purposes of the University cannot be downloaded, copied or communicated using University equipment or computer networks. This includes popular music or films which are in digital formats, accessible on the internet sites. The posting of music or other audio-visual files to Curtin websites, the transfer of such files to other people (whether students or staff of the University, or associates and friends or family members) using Curtin e-mail facilities, and the recording of music or other audio-visual material on CDs using Curtin networks and equipment is prohibited. Infringement of these provisions will be subject to action under the University's ICT Policy Breach Procedures.