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Copyright @ Charles Sturt University: FAQs

Charles Sturt University Copyright Guidelines


Am I allowed to download a YouTube video and have students access it on my Interact site? I am just trying to make sure I follow copyright rules!

You are not allowed to download any YouTube video and put it on Interact site as Charles Sturt University does not hold any licence to download YouTube videos. However, you can embed the links to YouTube videos that are legitimate and not infringing copies. Further information can be found under the Interact2 tab.

Is there a difference in downloading a YouTube video to an HTML Study Guide as opposed to an Interact site?

There is no difference. For teaching purposes, genuine YouTube videos can only be embedded or linked. In order for you to be able to download and use YouTube videos, you will either have to obtain permission from the owner or pay for subscription (or buy) and use it according to the subscription terms. Further information can be found under the Interact2 tab.

Uploading to cloud

Is providing readings via Dropbox a copyright infringement?

Uploading readings to Dropbox regardless of whether they are copied from print or electronic sources would breach either the terms and conditions of the Part VB or eResource licence. Submit your list of readings to eReserve to be processed. Further information can be found under the Interact2 tab.

Image from website

I found this image via Google images. It has been used by the Conversation ( Am I able to use this on Interact2 for students? How do I identify, acknowledge or deal with any copyright issues?

This image can be loaded into the DOMS Copyright Image collection where you can link to display it in the Interact2 subject site.  Put as much information into the DOMS as you can and put the web address under the image where it is displayed (more information if you have it such as creator, title, company name). Further information can be found under the Audio/Visual tab.

Can I as a student use an image from a website as long as I reference it? Or do I have to contact the owners of website?

As a student you can use the image to be included with the assessment under the Fair Dealing provision as long as the site is legitimate. You will need to contact the owners of the website only if you are going to publish the image further and the website terms and conditions do not allow that use. Further information can be found under the For Students tab.

Image from CC website

I am wondering if there are any copyright implications for us or our students using this online image source:, which says all pictures are published under Creative Commons Public Domain deed CC0. So I am assuming that we could use them as long as they are attributed to the photographer/website?

Images on the Pixabay website do display the copyright conditions relevant to the use of that image, ie. CC0 Public Domain, or the name  of the copyright owner for those with the Shutterstock watermark. The images appear to be legitimate so there is no problem with copying and using the images licensed under CC0 for educational purposes. They can be used in slideshows and uploaded to Interact2 subject sites. Further information can be found under the Audio/Visual tab.

Online book

I am a lecturer and I want to provide to students a link to an eBook that I found on the web [link provided]. The website suggests there might be a copyright problem if we use it in a subject site. Could you please advise?

The eBook in question here has been uploaded from a university website (and not from the publisher’s site), and there is no indication that they have obtained permission to upload the book. If you provide the link to students you might be authorising the use of third party material that has possibly been uploaded illegally. So you should refrain from using this link.

As an alternative, you could recommend that the students purchase the book from the publisher’s website, or direct them to copies held by Charles Sturt Library and available via Primo Search. If we do not hold the book, you could submit a Suggest New Material form. Further information can be found under the Books & Journals tab.

Movie screening

Could you please advise if it's possible to screen commercial movie on campus?

There is a provision in the Act that allows commercial movies to be shown for educational purposes. This provision allows for the movie to be streamed to other sites at the same time, provided a copy is not made in the process, that there is no admission charge and it is not open to the general public. Theoretically there may be some discussion about the movie following it’s showing and this could satisfy the educational purposes. It should be possible to purchase a copy, or show one if someone has a legitimate one. Further information can be found under the Interact2 tab.

Submitting music as part of assessment

An academic is handing in a PowerPoint as a submission for an assessment. There will be audio and slides. At the end of the presentation she would like to play a Midnight Oil song that relates to the topic. Is there a way she can buy the song and then play this? The only person listening to it will be the subject coordinator who is marking the subject.

Even if she is an academic, she will be using the song for the purpose of submitting an assessment as a student and not for teaching purposes. As a student the academic can rely on the Fair Dealing provisions of the Act. Having said that they only allow a reasonable portion to be copied for Research or Study. In this case it is suggested, the academic could download the song from iTunes and use that in the slideshow provided they only send a copy for their assessment and do not use it anywhere else and do not communicate it online. They should also include a credit that provides the details of the song/band/music/production company. Alternatively, if the format of the music is irrelevant, she could embed links (not download) to legitimate YouTube Clips, or use one from CC licence, such as Legal Music for videos, or CCMixter. Further information can be found under the For Students tab.

Conference Presentation

I am doing a presentation at the HDR docfest. My research is about the construction of Australian native Fauna in illustrated children's story books. I would like to use a PowerPoint and include scans of illustrations from some of the books that I am currently looking at. What are the copyright restrictions for doing this and what referencing is required, or where can I go to ensure that I am copyright compliant.

You should be able to rely on the Fair Dealing provisions of the Act to copy and display images copied from print books in a PowerPoint display for the purpose of Research and Study. If the DocFest organisers want to ‘publish’ the PPT online or disseminate further then you would have to gain the permission of the copyright owners of the images to do so (contact the publisher in the first instance). If you intend to use any of the images in your research publications, you will also need to gain the permission of the copyright owners. Further information can be found under the For Students tab.

Printing Online Readings

I have a question that I really need clarifying about printing of the readings our lecturers ask us to read, for my subject we are to access the library homepage to access several readings, when the readings come up the first page is the copyright page. Does that apply to all the readings we are to access for our course, are we allowed to print these readings for our subjects for our own personal use for duration of our course?  I find it a lot easier to read a paper copy than an on screen copy, but don't want to print them if were not permitted to. Just need some clarification.

Copyright conditions apply to all readings provided by eReserve. You may print or save a copy for your own personal use but may not communicate it further, i.e. you may not pass it on electronically, make it available online or photocopy to supply for others. Under licensing conditions, the same applies to e-journal articles provided via Charles Sturt University. Further information can be found under the For Students tab.

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