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Copyright Guide and Referencing Images

What is Copyright?

A simple definition of copyright is that it is a bunch of rights in certain creative works such as text, artistic works, music, computer programs, sound recordings and films. The rights are granted exclusively to the copyright owner to reproduce the material, and for some material, the right to perform or show the work to the public. Copyright owners can prevent others from reproducing or communicating their work without their permission or may sell these rights to someone else. In Australia, copyright protection is free and automatic on creation. There is no need for copyright registration in Australia, nor is there a legal requirement to publish the work or to put a copyright notice on it.

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Useful Resources

Some resources which provide further information on copyright are:

Smart Copying Australia - the official guide to copyright for Australian schools and TAFEs.


Australian Copyright Council - provides a range of free fact sheets and an advice service.


Copyright Agency - this Australian not-for-profit organisation supports the creation of Australian content by making it easy for users to access copyrighted materials on fair terms.


Copyright Act (1968) Cth - provides the legislative framework (federal legislation) for the copying and communication of print, electronic, and audio-visual material. Of particular relevance to educational institutions like TAFEs are Section 113P and 113F.


William Angliss Institute Referencing in APA 7th Style: Reproduced, Reprinted or Adapted Images - provides information and examples on how to reference figures (images and tables) within your work.

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