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Copyright: For students

How Much Can I Copy?

   Resource

               What can you copy?

Attributing the copyright owner when reproducing the work in an assignment

Books

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  • 10% or one chapter, whichever is greater
  • In limited circumstances students may be able to copy a larger portion of the work- see the Fair dealing box on this page

 

  • All material copied and/or communicated in your work should be labelled with the details of the copyright owner and author (if different to the copyright owner), the name of the work, where the material was copied from and when it was copied.

Articles

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  • One article from a periodical publication (such as a journal, newspaper, magazine or other regularly published work), more if the articles are on the same topic or being used for the same research or course of study
  • In limited circumstances students may be able to copy a larger portion of the work - see the Fair dealing box on this page
  •  All material copied and/or communicated in your work should be labelled with the details of the copyright owner and author (if different to the copyright owner), the name of the work, where the material was copied from and when it was copied.

Images

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  • Students can copy images for research or study under "fair dealing" - see the Fair dealing box on this page

Websites

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  • 10% of words
  • In limited circumstances students may be able to copy a larger portion of the work - see the fair dealing box on this page

 

 

  •  All material copied and/or communicated in your work should be labelled with the details of the copyright owner and author (if different to the copyright owner), the name of the work, where the material was copied from and when it was copied.

eBooks on Copyright

Fair Dealing

The Copyright Act allows students to use copyright material without permission if your use is a “fair dealing” for one of the following purposes:

  • research or study
  • criticism or review
  • parody or satire
  • reporting news

Students may copy or communicate more than a reasonable portion of a literary, musical or dramatic work or more than one article for the same research if this is fair.  This is generally thought to be 10% or one chapter but it isn’t a ceiling.  Students can copy more if it is ‘fair’.  To decide if your copying or communication is fair:

Consider the fair dealing factors:

  • the purpose and character of the dealing
  • the nature of the work
  • the possibility of obtaining the work within a reasonable time at an ordinary commercial price
  • the effect of the dealing upon the potential market for, or value of the work
  • in the case where only the part of the work is copied - the amount and substantiality of the part copied in relation to the whole work

More information

Referencing & Plagiarism

It is very important to Acknowledge all your references, otherwise you could be accused of stealing other people's ideas or works and passing it off as your own and in some circumstances breaching copyright laws.

Why should I reference my work?

  • Demonstrates that you have researched and considered the ideas of others in developing your argument.
  • Provides the person marking the work with the specific names, dates and location of the information sources that you have used and covers you for copyright attribution.
  • Ensures that you are not guilty of plagiarising.

A bibliography or reference list is a complete list of all the books, articles, and other information sources you have used to help you write your essay or assignment. It should be arranged alphabetically by author's surname.

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