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Copyright @ William Angliss: Attribution/Referencing

Why should I attribute others' materials?

 Moral rights

In Australia, creators of works protected by copyright also have Moral Rights in relation to their works. Moral Rights are the rights to :

  • be attributed as the creator of the work;

  • not have the work falsely attributed; and

  • not to have the work subjected to derogatory treatment. 

For more information on Moral Rights, visit the Australian Copyright Council               

For more information about Australian Copyright, visit Find an Answer.

What is attribution?

In the context of copyright, attribution means acknowledging and giving credit to the copyright owner or creator of a work.

  • Attribution is always required when using materials owned by WAI and for other third party materials.

  • In Australia you must also attribute Creative Commons (CC) material.

  • Many of the free CC images that are available on the internet are from overseas websites which often state that there is "no need to attribute or acknowledge" the images. This is NOT the case in Australia as our copyright rules are different and mean that you must always attribute CC material, or material from the public domain, even if the original owner says that you don't need to.

  • The only time that you may not need to provide attribution is if you have specifically purchased royalty free images.

Whilst you do not need to attribute your own work under Australian Copyright Law, it is still a good idea for other reasons to indicate that a work is your own - eg. if you are using a photo that you have taken to illustrate a point in an assignment.

Is attribution the same as referencing/citing?

Attribution and Citation or Referencing are often used as synonyms, but they mean two different things. Both give credit to the creator of the original work.

  • Attribution is about giving credit to the creator of the image or other material in whatever manner that creator has specified such as: music, fiction, video, and photography. Note: You would still need to cite the attributed images used within your assignments.

  • Citation or Referencing is a scholarly practice for tracking where all the sources used are named, often at the end of a document. A citation in the work gives the source of the idea/information - author, year of publication, page number/s. The referencing sources can be: published books, journal articles, primary sources, etc.

  • APA 7th edition is the Referencing Style for the William Angliss Institute.


Attribution vs Citing

When to attribute When to cite

You may attribute an image/visual media source for presentations, papers, or other formats that do not require a specific publication style. 

Note: You would still need to cite the attributed images used within your assignments.

Any attributed images you plan to use in a scholarly work (from print or web) should be cited according to required format style (APA, MLA, etc.)

William Angliss is currently using LRC’s APA 7th Style Guide Reproduced, Reprinted or Adapted Images as our guide.