Copyright for researchers

General principles

  • cite all material that you use - reference accurately
  • ensure that if you use a "substantial" part of a work you have the right to use it in your publications
  • make copies of material, whether print of electronic copies, in accordance with the fair dealing provisions of Copyright Act or use other options such as permission from the creator
  • material created by others can be used in your publications - review your papers to make sure appropriate permissions have been obtained
  • Library staff can assist with information on copyright
  • material on the Internet is not necessarily able to be freely copied or reproduced without permission.

The Australian National University is committed to compliance with the Copyright Act 1968 and upholding the rights of creators and users of copyright material.

copyright guide (PDF, 332KB) is prepared to assist higher degree students to understand the basics of copyright for their theses, publications and other work. Further general assistance can be found from the University Library.

If you need legal advice in relation to a University copyright matter and your question has not been resolved after reviewing the materials in this guide, you may refer your question to the University Legal Office for further assistance.