While teaching at ACU, you will encounter a wide range of copyright material, whether you create your own resources or use those in national units.
Understanding copyright is especially important for teachers. When you teach at ACU you are required to follow Australian copyright law.
The rights you have under copyright when you teach vary significantly from the rights of student and researchers, or the rights you have at home. Visit Copyright basics for an introduction to what copyright is, and more information on the types of material it covers.
Types of copyright licenced material
As a teacher you will likely encounter five main types of copyright material during your work.
ACU has also purchased music licences to enable use of music at the university. Ensure you check the Information sheet for music licences for rights and obligations under these licences.
Audio-visual material is protected by copyright and can be found on DVDs, recorded from broadcasts (television) or on the internet (catch up TV, vimeo, YouTube).
Audio-visual material contains multiple copyright materials depending on the topic, scripts, interviews, music, animations and performances, and therefore can have multiple copyright owners.
Using audio-visual material in your teaching
An educational exception under copyright is that it is always ok to play audio-visual material in a physical classroom. However, it may not be ok to record that video as part of a lecture capture system.
ACU recommends Creative Commons material is used when possible, as there is no risk of copyright infringement and no cost associated with their use.