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Copyright for teaching

Material created by others may be protected by copyright. With certain restrictions, lecturers may copy and share copyright material with students:

  • in the classroom
  • as part of a Course Resources (Talis) reading list, or
  • for examination purposes

as permitted educational uses within the Copyright Act 1994 and copyright licences managed by the University.

Using Open Access material in your teaching offers a legal alternative to copyrighted material. Open educational resources (OER) are openly licensed educational material that can be used for teaching purposes.

The Copyright Act 1994 allows the following use of material, with attribution.

You may:

  • copy any material for the purposes of examination.
  • make one single copy of a literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work for use in the classroom.
  • copy up to 3% or 3 pages of a literary, dramatic or musical work to distribute multiple copies to students. You must wait 14 days to copy another 3% or 3 pages of the same work.

Use the Copyright for Teaching guide for more specifics about what you can copy and how much you can legally share with students.

Copyright @ AUT

This app offers in-depth practical copyright advice and support when using material for teaching. Use it on the web or download it from Google Play Store or Apple’s App Store.

Copyright app


For more copyright help email Sarah Powell, Copyright & Open Access Advisor