The Copyright Act's 'Fair dealing' allows the use of text material without permission for the following purposes:
(Australian Copyright Council Fair Dealing 2014)
Educational institutions also have special agreements with copyright owners to allow them to digitise and electronically communicate copyright material, see the UC Copyright Guide, sections 6 & 7 for details.
Some works may be copied under Creative Commons licence.
You may copy for your research and study:
The Internet makes music, videos, pictures and text freely available to the general public. Like print material, Internet content can only be used if one of the following applies:
The Library may be able to supply copies through Document Services up to the following limits:
Copying of materials from databases, electronic book and journal collections to which the University Library subscribes (e.g. EBSCO), is governed by licensing agreements between the University and the database provider. In general, under such agreements students or staff may print or save limited amounts for their own study or research. Systematic printing or downloading is not permitted.
Online course materials are covered by copyright. You must not copy these and/or pass them on to people who are not staff or students of the University.
Students may play legitimate copies of DVDs, films, CDs or other audio or audio-visual resources in class (ie, as part of an assessment task). The resources cannot be 'pirate' versions, for example downloaded from peer to peer/BitTorrent sites or copied from Youtube. This kind of 'live' presentation or 'performance' of content is allowed under Copyright Act (s. 28).
TV or radio programs can also be copied and played by students as part of an assessment task.
See the UC Copyright Guide