When should I use a freely-available (public domain or Creative Commons) resource?
University staff and students benefit daily from the exemptions under the Copyright Act that allow copying for educational, research and study activities. However there are times when those provisions don't apply.
For example, you may be:
In each of these circumstances there are no exemptions under the Copyright Act should you want to include any text, image, music or video that has been created by someone else (a third party). This means that you would need to:
What are freely available items?
In this context, freely-available items means materials for which the copyright has expired (public domain materials), or material that the copyright holder has made available for re-use (Creative Commons licensed materials).
That an item is available on the internet does not mean that it is free for anyone to copy and use. You should always start with the assumption that any third-party image or video (or other material) is subject to copyright, unless it is stated otherwise or you can establish that it is in the public domain.
Which items are subject to copyright?
The vast majority of items are subject to copyright. This includes most online book and journal content available in the library.
Can I link to resources available online?
Yes, but there are a couple of caveats:
But I thought that university staff and students had special rights to use copyright and licenced materials?
The Copyright Act includes a number of provisions that allow copyright material to be used for teaching (e.g. the educational statutory licence, and sections 200AB and 28). If the purpose for which you want to use the materials falls outside of the special provisions for educational organisations then you are not covered by the Copyright Act.