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This guide provides copyright information and links, but not legal opinion, which are relevant to the University community


Can I use material which is freely available on the Internet?

Just because material on the internet is freely available, doesn't mean that you may simply copy it. The usual limits will apply.  You can also check for any copyright statement on the web site about using material. Creative Commons material may allow more generous limits.

Material found on the Internet should be referenced as usual.

Can I show this film clip or video?

Under the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth), permission is generally not required from copyright owners to screen a film or video in class, provided:

  • the lecture is not being recorded;
  • it is for teaching purposes, not for entertainment;
  • all the people in the audience are part of the course; and
  • the course is 'not-for-profit'.

In some cases, the terms and conditions applying to the subscription to or purchase of a video may mean you would be breaching a contractual licence by screening it in class, even though you are not infringing copyright. e.g. if you use material from your personal streaming service subscription, the terms and conditions may state that content is for your personal use or for use in a domestic setting only.

If your lecture is being recorded by Echo360 for later downloading by students, see special conditions in Recording and Streaming Lectures.


Can I add this article to my Canvas site?

Any articles or chapters stored in a Canvas site must be reported to ensure copyright compliance across campus.

Add the articles or chapters to your Leganto reading list, attached to the course page, and click "send" to add it to the Library work queue. The Library will take responsibility for copyright compliance and will even source the articles for you from a list of citations (no need to supply the originals).

Can I add this YouTube video to my Canvas site?

Students may be given the direct link to YouTube videos, however copies cannot be made without permission. YouTube should be linked to only with caution, as the original may be infringing copyright. Check carefully!

Can I make this film clip available online?

Thousands of commercial films are available through the Library's subscription to ClickView. This also allows clips to be made and embedded into Canvas for teaching purposes. (UC's usage of this service is automatically tracked as part of our participation in the Screenrights agreement.)

Commercial films may not be copied or put online unless a licensed agreement permits.


Academics have a personal responsibility to ensure that their course is compliant with Copyright, including courses which they have 'taken over' from another academic.

Pardee Hall - English Department

Pardee Hall - English Department by Lafayette College under a CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 licence