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Copyright, Students and Researchers

Australian Copyright Law allows you as a student or researcher to copy and use limited amounts of other people’s material (third party material protected by copyright) in your study or research without their permission and free of charge.

What can you copy?

As a student or researcher, restrictions apply to what you can copy and how much. Please remember that teaching materials and resources provided to you at UTS are protected by copyright. Whilst you are permitted to access and use those materials and resources for your own educational purposes, you are not permitted to re-use them for commercial purposes without permission of the copyright owner. This includes selling them or giving them to someone else or publishing them in any way other than permitted by the copyright owner. Remember that improper or illegal use of teaching materials may lead to prosecution for copyright infringement.

Reference and acknowledge the copied work

When you have copied or reproduced or used other people’s material in your work, you need to correctly acknowledge the author and reference their material.

  • Study Skills - for information on the referencing system used by UTS faculties
  • Referencing - for the Harvard UTS Referencing Guide and information on relevant computer programs to help you create, store and manage references and bibliographies.

Seeking permission to use copyright material

If you want to copy more than you are permitted as a student or researcher, you will need to seek permission from the copyright owner.

See Seeking Permission in the Fact Sheet: Copyright considerations when publishing your student work (PDF).

Ready to publish your work?

When you are ready to publish or promote your student work outside of UTS you’ll need to reconsider any copyright material contained in your work.

UTS ownership of your work

In most cases UTS students retain ownership of their student work. However, some exceptions and conditions apply, eg in certain cases UTS will keep a copy of your work. The UTS Intellectual Property Policy (PDF) specifies the conditions for which UTS will retain ownership over the work produced by UTS students and researchers.