HSC All My Own Work – Module 4
This module explains plagiarism and its implications for HSC students.
In this module you have learnt about copyright so that you know your responsibilities.
You have learnt:
- what copyright is
- what copyright protects
- what portion of a book schools and students may copy without copyright permission
- that a 'substantial portion' is an instantly recognisable portion of a work requiring copyright permission if the portion is not used for study or review purposes.
- Copyright is the exclusive right to authorise copying and communication of a creator's work.
- Individuals have the right to make money from the sale of copies of their work.
- Copyright also protects creative works from being used without the copyright owner's agreement.
The Copyright Act
- The Copyright Act 1968 legally grants and regulates the exclusive right of authors and creators in Australia to control the use of their work and their means to earn a living from their work.
- Copyright applies to literary, musical, dramatic and artistic works found in a wide range of media, including material found on the internet and on CDROMs.
The Educational Statutory Licence
- This licence allows students to copy parts of a book or journal for study or research reasons without seeking copyright permission.
- Books: Up to 10% of the book or one chapter
- Anthologies: One whole item [up to 15 pages]
- Journals: One article
- See Copyright Agency Limited's info sheet: Guidelines for Schools, TAFEs and Independent Educational Institutions - Copyright Agency Limited
Copyright is a form of respect for intellectual property for these three reasons:
- Copyright protection promotes creative communities and rich cultures.
- Copyright protection promotes freedom of speech and expression.
- Copyright protection is morally right. It is right to acknowledge people's intellectual property and wrong to steal it.
Tips and hints
- Know the requirements of copyright.
- Check the copyright details of any material you wish to use.
- Remember that copyright works in the same way in a digital environment as it does with books.
- Be aware that a 'substantial' portion of a work is one that is instantly recognisable, no matter how small, and will require copyright permission.
See this module's resource for additional help.
Work through each step in the module:
- 4.1 What is copyright? Why do we need it?
- 4.2 What is the Copyright Act?
- 4.3 Why is it important to respect intellectual property?
- 4.4 How does copyright work in a digital environment?
- 4.5 How is copyright related to music, screen content and images found in digital media and on the internet?
- Performance rights for music and using a song or sample: APRA/AMCOS- Australasian Performing Right Association Limited (APRA) and Australiasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society Limited (AMCOS)
- Using images: VISCOPY - VISCOPY Limited Australia
- Educational Photocopying & digital copying: Copyright Australia Limited - Australia
- Recording an audiovisual work, eg a film or video: Screenrights- Screenrights Australia
- Copyright Agency Limited- Australian Copyright Council - represents creators to license the copying of their works to the general community Australia
- Australian Publishers Association - Industry body for Australian book, journal and electronic publishers
- Australian Society of Authors - Professional association for Australia's literary creators
- Arts Law Centre of Australia - National community legal centre for the arts in Australia
- IP Australia [to register designs for commercial use] IP Australia administers the patents, designs, trade marks and Plant Breeder's Rights systems.
- Guidelines for Schools, TAFEs and Independent Educational Institutions - Copyright Agency Limited - Australia
Complete the module 4 quiz once you have worked through 4.1 – 4.5.