In the copyright context, online delivery is a 'communication'. Communication to the public is one of the exclusive rights of the copyright owner. When you make material available online or electronically transmit it to your students, you are communicating it to the public. Any part of the University community, including students and staff, is considered as the public in this context.
Text and images copied under the statutory educational licence in the Copyright Act may be made available online. Access must be restricted to QUT staff and students only. Readings must be made available via QUT Readings. Digital copies have a legally prescribed warning notice attached as part of the QUT Readings process. The notice must not be removed. The Reading must not be uploaded to Blackboard. You will not be able to comply with copyright if you post the material anywhere else.
The quantity limits for putting text material online are much the same as for copying, with one major exception. Only one part of a book may be made available online at any one time, across the whole University. This means that once one part of a book has been put in QUT Readings, another part cannot be added, even if requested by a different lecturer for a different unit. Consult Copyright Guidelines - Putting Readings Online (PDF, 212KB) for more detail.
When using images from third party sources in lecture notes and slides on your unit website, consult Copyright Compliance Guidelines for QUT Blackboard (PDF, 211KB) and the Quick guide to copyright in QUT Blackboard (available as a drop-down menu or in PDF).
Recordings of broadcasts copied under the statutory educational licence (Screenrights Agreement) may be made available online. For more information on this licence, consult TV and Radio. Online copies must have the prescribed warning notice attached. The warning notice is attached as part of the QUT Media Warehouse upload process; or, by the streaming platform provider. Access must be restricted to QUT staff and students only. See Streaming video and off-air recordings for more information.
Music recordings made or copied under the Tertiary Music Licence may be made available online for listening or downloading. This licence is explained in Music recordings. Access must be restricted to QUT staff and students only. All music recordings must have the the Tertiary Music Licence copyright warning notice or label. Each year, the University is required to report the sound recordings available on the streaming facility as of 1 October, which will require some record-keeping. If you wish to make music available online, contact the University Copyright Officer before proceeding.
If you wish to incorporate material copied from broadcasts, recordings of your lectures, or other video or audio material into a unit website, consult our guidelines Copyright Guidelines on Videorecording of Lectures for Teaching Staff (PDF, 242KB).
If you wish to make copies of student work available on your QUT Blackboard site, you must obtain permission from the student.
Blackboard and Copyright
For guidelines on ensuring copyright compliance in QUT Blackboard, see the Copyright Compliance Guidelines for QUT Blackboard (PDF, 211KB).
For information on uploading resources to QUT Blackboard and how copyright relates to them, see the Quick Guide to Blackboard and Copyright (PDF, 226KB).
Staff seeking permission to use content can use the following:
- QUT student works - QUT Student copyright clearance form (PDF, 90KB)
- other works - QUT Copyright Permission Request Template (DOCX, 22KB).