Copying copyright material if you are a UWA student

Can I copy copyright material if I am a student?

Under provisions of the Copyright Act, you can reproduce copyright material without permission provided it is:

  • for research or study;
  • for criticism or review;
  • and, providing the use of the material is "fair".

For books, journal articles and notated music the Copyright Act considers it 'fair' to copy a reasonable portion which is defined as:

  • an article in a periodical publication (e.g. a journal or newspaper article);
  • more than one article from a single edition of a periodical publication if it is for the same course of study or research;
  • 10% or one chapter if the work is a published edition of 10 pages or more; or 10% of the words if the work is in electronic form. 

Material on the Internet may be protected by copyright; the fact that it is on the Internet does not mean that it is 'copyright free'. Before copying material from any online source, check the site for a statement which defines how material on the site may be used (look for the words like "Conditions of Use", "Terms of Use", or "Copyright").  Some websites give permission for material to be copied for certain purposes (for example, educational and non-commercial purposes). You should always check the website for any such statement. If the site contains no permitted use statement or only contains a basic copyright statement then the conditions outlined above apply.

For more information, see the University Library Copyright for Students webpage.

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