Copyright at ACU

Copyright Explained

Copyright is a law (Copyright Act 1968), which gives people who create particular types of material exclusive rights over that material. ACU supports the legislation through its Intellectual Property Policy.

Material includes:

  • written works (books, journals, magazines, websites, poems, newspapers, data forms, lyrics)
  • artistic works (art, photos, sculptures, digital images, graphic art, memes, maps, plans)
  • musical works (music)
  • software (apps, games, desktop packages, network packages, website applications)
  • audio visual (television, online videos, movies, YouTube clips, Vimeo clips, advertisements)

Exclusive rights means:

  • A right to copy it
  • A right to put it on the internet and share it
  • A right to publish it
  • A right to perform it
  • A right to make it available to the public (either commercially or for free)


Copyright ownership traditionally resides with the writer/creator that wrote/created the material. This can be easily varied:

(1) an employer owns material created in the course of employment.

(2) Contractual agreement can determine ownership.

Moral Rights cannot be varied and stays with the writer/creator.

For further information see: Copyright basics

Effects of Copyright for ACU:


When students copy material to use in their research and study, they call upon the Fair Dealing for research and study to enable them to encroach upon the copyright owners rights. This ability has rights and obligation including how much can be copied.

For further information see: Students & Copyright


When researchers undertake research, they also call upon the Fair Dealing for research and study to enable them to encroach upon the copyright owners rights. This also comes with rights and obligations. Funding contracts can vary ownership or place additional obligations. Publishing findings then presents researchers with choices regarding management of the copyright.

For further information see: Researchers & Copyright


When academics teach they call upon different parts of the law to share material with students. The process of photocopying or scanning and putting into LEO for students is not a fair dealing for research and study, it is a professional educational activity.

For further information see: Teaching & Copyright

Page last updated: 22 Feb 2017

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