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Module 3: Copyright for your Studies


What do you think?

Kalinda has purchased her own copy of the prescribed e-book. Now she wants to share it on the unit discussion thread in CloudDeakin.

Does this breach university policy?


Adhering to university policies

It is important that you respect copyright during your studies. Your use of copyright material can expose you and Deakin to liability for copyright infringement. Copyright breaches can also result in internal consequences. 

You need to ensure that your use of Deakin’s systems or equipment does not infringe copyright. Many tools used during your studies could be used to upload or link to infringing content if you aren’t careful. You must use these responsibly to avoid serious consequences. 

Deakin systems and equipment includes:

  •     Wi-Fi
  •     photocopiers
  •     computers
  •     CloudDeakin unit sites
  •     email
  •     video cameras
  •     and more.

Sharing your work

You can re-use your work from studies for another purpose, provided you follow some simple tips. Often you will be the only copyright owner in your work, so you get to decide how this is used in the future.

Be careful when you have joint authors or third-party copyright in your document. You'll need to get permission, a licence or rely on a copyright exception to share anything which:

  • was jointly authored by anyone else
  • includes Deakin University copyright or branding
  • includes copyright from another party.


Copyright is only one consideration. Always think about Deakin’s Academic Integrity Policy when sharing your work. For example, re-using your work from one assessment in another without Unit Chair approval is a breach of academic integrity.

Acknowledge - referencing and attribution


During your studies, you will be expected to acknowledge the sources you used to support your arguments. The creator of these sources owns the moral rights to them.

As a minimum, you must list the author or artist of anything you copy to satisfy the moral right of attribution. For example, you could credit a photographer of an image by naming them in a caption attached to the photograph, or at the end of your document. This rule also applies to any image, video, gif or music that you maybe have found on the internet. 

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For your coursework you are required to reference resources using academic style guides. Referencing assistance is provided by Study Support.

Using library resources – what you can and can't do  

The library offers you access to a wide variety of print and electronic resources. You need to respect the copyright rules for all library resources as part of your studies. The limits for copying print books for your private use are the limits of fair dealing for the purposes of research or study - normally 10% of a book. There are different rules for the library’s electronic resources.

To find out what copying is permitted for an electronic resource, you can consult the information on the library catalogue entry. For example, you can visit the ProQuest Ebook Central record to see how you can use these resources.



What do you think now?

Do you think Kalinda is allowed to share her prescribed e-book on her unit discussion thread, or does this breach university policy?

Kalinda can't share her copy of the e-book on their discussion thread, she could provide the reference information to her peers so they can look it up and buy their own copy or borrow it from the Deakin Library.


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