Copyright Advice for Researchers

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

What can you copy?

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 without permission of the copyright owner. You are not permitted to:

  • sell them
  • give them to someone else
  • publish them in any way other than permitted by the copyright owner.

Improper or illegal use of teaching materials may lead to prosecution for copyright infringement.


Reference and acknowledge the copied work

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

The APA (American Psychological Association) referencing style is the most common style in use at UTS. Other styles in use are Harvard UTS, AGLC and Chicago (found on the Other Referencing Resources page).

Using copyright content at work

There are conditions which apply when using other people's copyrighted content in your UTS work.

The Staff Guide - Copyright at Work  fact sheet provides details and guidance using copyright material at UTS.

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 Copyright toolbox of Manage Your Content for details.

Retaining rights over my intellectual property

Institutions around the world are now rapidly developing ways to showcase the scholarly output of their researchers, through tools like UTS ePRESS. Almost all publishers accept the need to accommodate this change. Don't be afraid to negotiate with publishers up front to retain rights over your intellectual property - they will be dealing with this on a regular basis.

Manage Your Content provides advice on using content, publication or research and options to protect, negotiate and retain your key rights.

Get Help

Contact the Library for copyright assistance.