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The following information summarises the copyright licences available to staff and students who use material for learning and teaching purposes.

The Statutory Licence agreements

The Australian Copyright Act sets out the Statutory Licensing scheme available to educational providers. Curtin has two Statutory Licence agreements that are negotiated between Universities Australia and the relevant copyright collecting societies:

The Copyright Agency agreement

The Copyright Agency agreement covers the copying and communication of print and graphic material (e.g. book chapters, journal articles, images, etc.). The main conditions of the agreement:

  • Use is strictly for educational purposes of the University
  • Access must be restricted to Curtin staff and students
  • There are limits on the amount of material which can be copied and communicated
  • Electronic copies must include the copyright warning notice

Under the University Copyright Procedures, any copying and communication under the Copyright Agency agreement must go through the Library’s Reading Lists service. Library staff will check copyright requirements, attach warning notices, and source or digitise content as required. Reading Lists is integrated with your Blackboard unit. Staff must not upload third party copyright material directly to Blackboard.

Copying limits

Copying limits vary depending on the type of material used:

  • Journals/newspapers – one article per issue, two or more articles per issue if they relate to the same subject matter.
  • Books – 10% of the words, or 10% of the pages, or one chapter, whichever is greater.
  • Conference papers – it depends on whether the material is published as a journal article (if including in regular conference proceedings), or as a book chapter (if include in one-off conference proceedings); or as a whole work. If the paper is a whole work, you will only be permitted to copy 10% of it.
  • Anthologies – one literary or dramatic work, of no more than 15 pages of the whole anthology.
  • Artistic works (e.g. images, diagrams, maps, tables, etc.) – may be copied together with the text to explain the work. The whole of an artistic work may be copied unless it has been separately published. If separately published, the artwork may only be copied if you license its use, or it is out of print or unavailable (see point below).
  • Out of print or unavailable material – more than the 10% limit may be used if the University is satisfied, after checking availability that copies of the work cannot be obtained within a reasonable time and at an ordinary commercial price. Generally a reasonable time is considered as six months for textbooks, and thirty days for other types of material.
  • Website content – is covered by Terms of Use and we recommend checking the terms for permitted and prohibited uses.

Short quotes and extracts are generally okay for you to copy and communicate without relying on the Statutory Licence. Extracts should be limited to 1-2 pages, or 1% of the words of the material, and do not require the copyright warning notice.

The Screenrights agreement

The Screenrights agreement covers the copying and communication of television and radio broadcasts. The main conditions of the agreement:

  • Use is strictly for educational purposes of the University
  • Access must be restricted to Curtin staff and students
  • Electronic copies must include the copyright warning notice

Unlike the Copyright Agency agreement, there are no copying limits, so you can copy a part, or the whole, of a program. Copying covers making a physical or electronic copy. The material can be communicated by making it available through University systems.

The agreement covers material that has been broadcast in Australia, including programs on the free-to-air networks and Foxtel. It does not cover video on demand services such as Netflix or Stan.

Curtin Library subscribes to two video streaming databases to make it easier to access content under the Screenrights agreement:

  • Informit EduTV covers Australian and overseas documentaries, TV series, and broadcast films. You can request for programs to be available through EduTV by visiting the Informit contact form, and using the enquiry type EduTV Program Request.
  • Informit TV News hosts selected Australian news and current affairs programs.

The Collective Music Licence

The Music licence covers the copying, communication, and performance of musical works and sound recordings for educational purposes and for University events. The licence is negotiated between Universities Australia on behalf of the University sector, and a collective of music societies including APRA AMCOS, ARIA, and PPCA.

Note: for Curtin’s global campuses (outside of Australia), the licence will not apply to University events at your location. You will need to check your local copyright legislation to see what types of usage are permitted, and if a separate licence is required.

The main conditions of the agreement:

  • Use is strictly for educational purposes of the University, or for University events. To be covered as a University event, the event must organised by, or on behalf of, Curtin, where no admission fee is charged.
  • The music must be in the repertoire of the music collecting societies APRA AMCOS, ARIA, and PPCA. You can check this by searching works on the APRA AMCO website.
  • The copy must be made from an authorised copy of an audio recording (e.g. copied from a CD or purchased on an online store such as iTunes).
  • Copies must have prescribed notices and labels attached.

Permitted under the Music Licence:

  • Playing music in class, as long as the use is for educational purposes.
  • Including sound recordings in Curtin teaching materials, including use on Blackboard.
  • Playing music at official University events, including graduation ceremonies, exhibition openings, and Open Days, as long as no admission fee is charged.
  • Making a recording of a University event that features music, provided recordings are only sold to students and their families on a cost recovery basis.
  • Students may include music in their assessment items made as part of their course. This is limited to internal Curtin usage only – it will not include making works available online to the public (e.g. through YouTube). Note: for Screen Arts students, the Music Licence does not permit them to screen works at festivals or distribute online – the School of Media, Creative Arts, and Social Inquiry have a separate licence for this usage.

Prohibited under the Music Licence:

  • You may not make music available online to people who are not Curtin staff and students.
  • You may not copy and communicate music for purposes other than education, or for University events.
  • You may not use copies of music made from infringing sources (e.g. illegally downloaded).
  • You may not use music in public at an event where an entry fee is charged. If you want to charge an admission fee for an event, you’ll need to negotiate a separate licence with APRA and the PPCA.
  • Use of music where the University’s premises have been let for hire to a third party (including student groups). Note: University Properties have negotiated a separate licence for this usage in selected venues.
  • The Licence does not cover use of music in theatrical productions. You will need to obtain the rights from the music publisher or copyright holder.
  • The licence does not cover the following special categories: a choral work or excerpts of more than 20 minutes in duration; a musical work or excerpts performed in a ‘dramatic context’ (e.g. as part of a play); a Grand Right Work or excerpts (e.g. an opera, musical play, ballet, review, or pantomime).

Library Licence agreements

Curtin Library provides access to a range of online material for learning, teaching and research purposes, including databases, journals, and books. Access to this content is subject to licence agreements.  For further information see licensed material on the Library website.