Rules of Copyright
The Copyright Act
Put simply – The Copyright Act 1994 is a set of guidelines that explains how published content can and can not be used.
The general rule is: if it is published, it is copyright protected.
The Copyright Act kicks in the moment you wish to copy, scan, save or share published material. As an honest, law abiding citizen, the important thing to know is how the law applies to you.
This is a good place to start. The notice is often on the inside front cover (hardcopies) or in the terms and conditions (if material is sourced online). If you wish to copy, save or share outside of what is permitted on the notice, or by law, you need to ask permission first.
General Copying – Printed Material
You can copy without permission from an original if it is for:
- Private study
- Criticism or review
- Reporting current events
The amount copied should be deemed 'fair'. For example it might be fair for an individual to copy an entire poem or article if it is relevant to their study topic. On the other hand, it is unlikely to be fair to copy an entire book if only a section relates to the study.
Education – Printed Material
Teachers are permitted to copy the following from an original hardcopy:
- A single copy (for lesson planning purposes)
- Multiple copies to up to 3% or 3 pages (whichever is greater)
The section copied must not give away significant information ie chapter summaries.