Copyright for Teaching Staff

Australian Copyright Law allows educational institutions to use certain copyright material for educational purposes without requiring permission from the copyright owner. Under a statutory licence scheme, UTS staff can copy and communicate limited amounts of copyright material to students or other staff for a UTS educational course. UTS Library also enables access to a range of copyrighted content for teaching purposes via commercial licences.

In addition to the substantial commercial licences, UTS pays statutory licence fees to collecting societies to support both the use of copyright material and the payment of royalties to copyright owners. The collecting societies include:

  • Screenrights, with whom UTS has a licence covering certain use of television and radio broadcasts.
  • CAL (the Copyright Agency Limited) with whom UTS has a licence covering certain use of print and graphic material.
  • a group of companies (ARIA, APRA-AMCOS and PPCA) with whom UTS has a licence that covers a range of music uses.

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.

Using copyright content in teaching material

There are requirements and restrictions in using copyrighted materials as part of teaching material.

Copyright consideration for online teaching material

The Library’s Reading Lists service has replaced the Digital Resource Register (DRR) to support copyright preparation for subjects in online teaching via UTSOnline and Canvas.

See Reading Lists for information on using this service.

UTS ownership of teaching materials

The UTS Intellectual Property Policy specifies the conditions for which UTS will retain ownership over certain types of material produced by UTS employees. These include commissioned work, creative work, scholarly work, and course and educational material.

Manage Your Content provides advice on using content and creating content for teaching.

Get Help

Contact the Library for copyright assistance.