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- QUT Copyright Guide
The QUT Copyright Guide is a general guide to the observance of Australian copyright law at QUT
- QUT Copyright Officer
About QUT's Copyright Officer
- Creative Commons Australia
Affiliate that supports Creative Commons in Australia and administers the Australian Creative Commons licences
- Creative Commons Licence Chooser
Service allowing quick and easy selection of one of a range of Open Content licenses
- What is copyright and is material in QUT Media Warehouse (QMW) covered by this?
Copyright gives the creators of works exclusive rights over the use of their work. Original works are automatically given copyright protection in Australian law by the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth). Copyright applies regardless of whether the copyright symbol © is present.
Works that are protected by copyright include (but are not limited to): text, images, videos, and sound recordings. Copyright continues to subsist in works contributed to QMW.
- What is a Creative Commons licence?
A Creative Commons licence is a universally recognized copyright licence that tells the world your work can be used. By using one of the six different licences available you decide which rights you reserve and which rights you grant to users of your work.
Creative Commons (CC) is a nonprofit organisation which through its licences makes works easier to share, reuse, re-purpose and remix.For further information: Creative Commons Australia
- Does a CC licence replace Copyright?
No - copyright is retained. A user will still need to seek permission to do any of the things with your work that you have not allowed under the CC licence you choose. Also, any exceptions that copyright law grants to users such as fair dealing still apply. Creative Commons licences tell users in advance what they can and can't do with copyrighted work. The distinctive CC Licence icons indicate the terms and conditions of each licence. QUT Media Warehouse supports assigning a CC licence to material.For further information: Australian Copyright Law Overview.
- Who owns intellectual property and copyright in teaching material I make and add to QMW?
QUT owns the intellectual property and copyright in QUT teaching materials (created by staff members in the course of their employment at QUT). QUT grants to staff a licence to use QUT teaching materials in their work at QUT.
This permission includes using QMW to distribute staff-created teaching and learning materials to students.For further information: MOPP Section 3.1.6
- Who owns copyright on student work added to QMW?
Students own the intellectual property and copyright in their work. Permission must be obtained from students before their work can be uploaded to QMW.For further information: Student Intellectual Property Protocol and MOPP Section 3.1.7
- What form should a copyright permission take?
Permission to use copyright material may take the form of a licence, such a CC licence, or may be a direct communication from the copyright owner.
If not a licence, then permission must be given in writing, for record-keeping purposes; for example, an email from the copyright holder.
Written permission should name the work, state any terms or conditions, and be dated.
- Where do I keep copyright permission documents?
Permissions must be in writing. You must keep these documents in TRIM: QUT's electronic document and records management system
- If I upload teaching material I created before working at QUT to QMW do I have to relinquish my rights over it?
QUT does not own intellectual property or copyright in material created by staff members outside the course of their employment at QUT.
The intellectual property and copyright in teaching materials made by a staff member while in the employ of another institution, will be owned by that institution unless otherwise licensed.For further information: MOPP 3.1.4
- Can I upload content that contains third party copyright material?
Yes. You can upload such content if you have permission or a licence to do so. Permission may take the form of a licence, such as a Creative Commons licence, or it may be in In writing for record-keeping purposes; for example an email from the copyright holder.
Written permission should name the work, state any terms or conditions, and be dated.You must keep these documents in TRIM: QUT's electronic document and records management system
- Can I upload a DVD move I bought myself if it is for use in teaching?
Generally, no you can't. It is generally not permitted to upload commercial DVDs to QMW, unless you have obtained permission from the copyright owner.
- Can I upload a movie I recorded from television if it is for use in teaching?
Yes you can. Part VA of the Copyright Act allows us to upload material recorded from television, though this requires a copyright notice.
Please log a request in HEAT or call the IT Helpdesk before uploading so the QMW team can add a copyright notice.
- Can my teaching material be downloaded by others, without my permission?
Currently material can't be easily downloaded from QMW. As with other cloud systems, such as YouTube, it is possible to source tools for this purpose.
If copyright materials are downloaded or used in a way not licenced by the copyright owner then that act potentially infringes copyright.