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What is Copyright?

Copyright is a type of legal protection for people who express ideas and information in certain forms. This includes literary, musical, dramatic or artistic work.

Copyright is infringed when copyright protected material is copied without the copyright owner’s permission.

Copying for Research

There are special provisions in the Copyright Act that allow copyright material to be used for the purpose of research or study, provided the use is fair.

1.If you are copying text or printed music, which is published as an edition of 10 pages or more, it is fair to copy 10% of the number of pages; or one chapter, if the work is divided into chapters

2.It is fair to reproduce an article from a newspaper, magazine or journal. You may copy more than one article from the same journal issue if each article relates to the same subject matter

It is important to remember that creators of copyright material have the moral right to be attributed as the creator of the work you are copying.

More Information

Australian Copyright Council

Copyright Licensing Agency


What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is an attempt to pass off someone else’s work or ideas as your own, or to copy text and not acknowledge whose work it is.

Plagiarism is a form of theft. TAFE imposes penalties on students found cheating in either assessments or exams.

Student rights and responsibilities

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University of Wollongong Library