Copyright Permission

Copyright Permission IS Required When:

  1. Material you want to use is still within copyright
  2. Copyright material you want to use for teaching purposes exceeds the educational allowances provided within the Copyright Act
  3. Adapting a copyright work or creating a new or ‘derivative’ work from an original copyright work

The sooner you request permission, the better. The publisher may need time to contact the owner or arrange licensing agreements, and there is no guarantee that permission will be granted. It may also be that the terms of any licensing agreement make the proposition prohibitive. You will need time to re-think your strategy if you are unable to use the work you want.

When Copyright Permission IS NOT Required

There are several situations in which materials can be used without permission:

  1. A journal article that appears full-text in AUS Library subscribed online database
  2. Single journal article not from an AUS databases and is used for only one semester
  3. Single book chapter used for one semester
  4. Works that lack originality, e.g. phone book
  5. Links to materials freely available on the web to iLearn course
  6. Ideas, processes, methods, and systems described in copyrighted works
  7. Facts
  8. Works not protected by Copyright:
  9. Some U.S. Government publications – Publications of the United States government are considered public domain and, therefore, can be used freely.
  10. Items in the public domain – If an item has passed into the public domain, it is no longer protected by copyright and can be used without limitation. Remember even is a work is out of print it doesn’t mean it’s out of copyright. Copyright ownership is generally for the life of the author plus 70 years.
  11. Unpublished self-authored material, since you are the copyright holder you can use it as you wish


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