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Copyright Guide and Referencing Images


Whilst studying at William Angliss Institute, you will encounter and use a range of learning resources and materials which are protected by copyright. These are likely to include:

  • Images (including charts, graphs, pictures, photographs, clipart, maps, infographics, screenshots)
  • Tables
  • Readings
  • Recipes
  • Audio-visual (AV) materials

It is important to respect the rights of the copyright owner when using materials and to use them correctly in order to be compliant with Australian Copyright law.

You cannot assume that you can freely reproduce materials - for example an image that you have found within a journal article, magazine, book or website - as they will most likely be protected by copyright.

However, Australian copyright law does allow for limited “fair” uses of materials for the purpose of research or study. As a student, most of what you do in the course of your studies is likely to be covered by this section of the Copyright Act which allows for materials to be used for research or study purposes without needing to get further permission from the copyright holder, so long as the use meets certain requirements.

You still need to ensure that your use is lawful.  You also need to check if you are required to obtain written permission from the copyright holder. And you must give credit to the author / creator.

Students are also encouraged to seek out and use images that are made available under Creative Commons.

Watch the video - How copyright works (1:38)

Source: Gibbs, J. (2014, January 26). How copyright works [Video]. YouTube. 

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