Copyright Conditions

Copyright for Students

The Copyright Act allows students to use material without permission from copyright owners as long as they comply with certain conditions. This is called Fair Dealing for research or study. It allows students to copy limited amounts of literary, dramatic, musical, artistic works and audio visual material as part of their study at SolarQuip.

In most cases you can copy one or more articles from a periodical publication if they are for the same research or course of study, 10% or one chapter of a book or 10% of the number of words in an electronic copy. There are no guidelines for copying of artistic works or audio-visual items.

Using the Internet

Everything on the internet is covered by copyright and can only be used as licensed by the copyright owner or as permitted under copyright legislation.

If you want to use material from the internet for your research and study you may be able to use it under the Fair Dealing conditions listed below depending on the type of use.

You are allowed to play an audio-visual copyright work in class as part of your  course at SolarQuip as long as only SolarQuip’s staff and students are present.  This would include material from the internet such as videos and podcasts.

Linking and embedding

You can link to material on the internet but you must not link to websites that knowingly infringe copyright (such as may be available on peer-to-peer networks or unauthorised video sharing sites).

If you are unsure about whether you can copy material off the internet under Fair Dealing, or whether the permission given to you by the owner will allow you to make a copy, then it’s best to simply provide a URL instead.

You can embed videos, because when a video is embedded it is “ported” from the original server (e.g. YouTube). Therefore, no original material is reproduced or communicated.

Postgraduate Students

When researching and writing your thesis you will more than likely use other people’s copyright material in your own work.

This means you should treat the process of copyright management in your thesis as part of the process of writing your thesis. This will ensure that when you are ready to submit your thesis and make it publicly available, you can be confident that your thesis complies with copyright law. If you need to ask permission to include other’s work this can also take some time so it’s a good idea to start that process early on. The Copyright and Your Thesis toolkit contains useful information on copyright management when researching and writing your thesis.


If you are a SolarQuip student then in most situations you will retain copyright in your work.
Staff members who wish to use student work for any purpose will need to obtain permission from the student to do so. For further information regarding IP ownership refer to Solarquip’s Intellectual Property Policy

Fair Dealing

Students are covered by Fair Dealing as long as they comply with the following conditions:

  • The purpose of your proposed use must be research or study. This would include work you are required to undertake as part of the course you are enrolled in at SolarQuip.
  • The proposed use must be ‘fair’.

This is determined by taking into account the following factors:

  • The purpose and character of the dealing
  • The nature of the work or adaptation or audio-visual item
  • The possibility of obtaining the work or adaptation or audio-visual item within a reasonable time at an ordinary commercial price
  • The effect of the dealing upon the potential market for, or value of, the work or adaptation or audio-visual item
  • The amount and substantiality of the part copied taken in relation to the whole work or adaptation or audio-visual item

For more information on Fair Dealing, see the Australian Copyright Council’s info sheet under ‘F’ at http://www.copyright.org.au/find-an-answer/browse-by-a-z/

This information can also be used by staff who wish to copy material for their own research activities.

Generally the fair dealing exceptions can only be used by individuals – i.e. staff cannot use fair dealing to copy on behalf of students – and are different to the statutory licences (Part VA and Part VB) that allow the university staff to make multiple copies of material for educational purposes.There is no payment required for the use of the fair dealing exceptions.


For further information contact the Copyright Office.

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