Responsibility for compliance

All activities where copyright materials are created and used

It is the responsibility of all students and staff to comply with copyright law. This is clearly stated in the Acceptable use of information technology resources policy, which apply to everyone; and in the QUT Staff Code of Conduct.

Students and staff who use University facilities to infringe copyright will be in breach of these policies. Students in breach will be dealt with in accordance with the procedure in the policy; penalties may include denial of access to the University information facilities. Infringement by staff may be dealt with as a matter of misconduct.

All QUT staff and students are cautioned against using University networks and machines to use, make, store, transmit or otherwise deal with infringing copies of movies, television programs or music. The Copyright Act was amended in December 2006 to permit individuals to copy certain types of material solely for private and domestic use. These new 'private use' provisions do not apply to the University. If copies made by staff or students under these provisions are used for University purposes or with University equipment, they become infringing copies.

You should be aware that the use of all information and communications technology (ICT) resources is monitored and is used to manage IT resources, including detecting security breaches. Any unacceptable use of ICT resources by staff or students will be investigated and, depending on the nature of the alleged breach, may be referred, to be dealt with under the relevant policies for managing staff or student misconduct. (F/1.11.11 Acceptable use of information technology resources: Failure to comply)

QUT Blackboard

Staff

QUT is committed to compliance with Australian copyright law. All copying at QUT (paper, digital or otherwise) must be permitted by the relevant licence or covered under the statutory education licences or fair dealing provisions in the Copyright Act. QUT's Copyright Policy, Copyright Guide and specifically Copyright Compliance guidelines for QUT Learning Management Systems (PDF, 73KB) (staff only) will help you avoid copyright infringement. It is important that you are familiar with these. It is your responsibility to avoid copyright infringement.

The following uses of materials in QUT Blackboard do not infringe copyright:

  • providing a link to materials on the Internet
  • posting materials that are in the public domain (i.e. the term of copyright has expired)
  • posting materials created by you as a QUT lecturer, or that you own copyright in
  • posting materials where the appropriate licences exist or permissions have been obtained.

Australian copyright law does not provide a stand-alone exception for quotation. However, use of insubstantial amounts of copyright do not infringe copyright. Inclusion of quoted material may also be allowed for fair dealing purposes. Always reference quoted materials.

Use of artistic works, for example figures from published works in lecture notes and slides may likewise require permission if use is not licensed.

The University Copyright Officer (UCO) and the Copyright Compliance Officer are available to provide advice on how to use copyrighted materials without infringement.

Student

QUT is committed to compliance with Australian copyright law. All copying at QUT (paper, digital or otherwise) must be permitted by the relevant licence or covered under the education exceptions or fair dealing provisions in the Copyright Act. General copyright information for students is found in Copyright Guide, Quick Copyright Information for Students (PDF, 157KB) and on the Student Community webpage Intellectual property and copyright. QUT's Copyright Policy will help you avoid copyright infringement. Students are required to respect QUTs Copyright Policy by not posting works, or using posted works in a way that infringes Australian copyright law. It is your responsibility to avoid copyright infringement.

Unless marked otherwise, learning and teaching materials in QUT Blackboard, including lecture notes and slides, are protected by copyright. These may be used for study only. All other uses, including posting to student note or assignment writing websites are strictly prohibited. QUT will assert ownership of these materials. Students infringing copyright may be subject to misconduct procedures.

The University Copyright Officer is available to provide advice on how to use copyrighted materials without infringement.