‘Smart Copying’ web site

The National Copyright Guidelines are published on the ‘smart copyingexternal link website.The Guidelines are designed to assist schools understand and manage their obligations under copyright. The Guidelines currently cover the Copyright Act 1968 as well as the Copyright Amendment (Digital Agenda) Act 2000. The National Copyright Unit is currently integrating changes as a result of the Copyright Amendment Act 2006 (ratified in December 2006) within the Guidelines. The Guidelines also include ‘frequently asked questions’, generated in response to questions raised by schools.

National Education Access Licence for Schools

The Directorate has signed the National Education Access Licence for Schools external link (NEALS) licence between education departments of the various states and territories. It allows government schools to copy and communicate material for educational use free of charge from each other’s websites and publications.

The aim of NEALS is to reduce copyright fees paid by schools under Part VB of the Copyright Act. It is not intended that NEALS should allow education departments or schools to copy each other’s material free of charge for commercial purposes. NEALS does not provide departments or schools with access to material that is not already publicly available.

All publicly available print and digital materials published by departments and schools will be available free of charge to schools for educational purposes, other than those which have specifically been excluded. Publicly available material is automatically covered, however, should also carry the NEALS logo, and the statement ‘Licenced under NEALS’. Excluded material will generally be of significant or strategic value to the department. Material that is excluded will need to be marked ‘Not part of NEALS’.

If the department or schools publishes material under a funding agreement, the funding agreement should be referred to, to determine whether it could be available under NEALS. Currently clauses for new contracts are being negotiated. Likewise, if material in publications and web sites has been created by someone who is not an employee of the department (including schools), that material can only be made available to other schools under the NEALS Agreement if the department of school:

  • owns copyright in the material or
  • has obtained permission from the copyright owner to make it available under NEALS.

The department or school will own copyright if the copyright owner assigned copyright in a written contract. Students own copyright of their material, therefore if you want to publish it on a school website or in a publication you need to seek permission from the student, or their parent(s) if under eighteen years of age. Proformas (Attachment B) are available for use. If permission is not obtained, the material should be labelled ‘Not part of NEALS’

School web sites already have the NEALS logo on them. The Education ICT web team are currently assessing all school website for possible third party content, and Copyright Officers will contact schools regarding the copyright ownership status of the content.

All Right to Copy?

It is becoming easier to source, download and upload film, text, images and music. But does the fact that it is easy to copy mean that it is alright to copy?

All Right to Copy? is a resource designed to teach students about copyright, and how it impacts them as both users and creators. The resource includes a video, which follows the progress of two students as they create a website for a competition and deal with the various copyright challenges that arise. The written content includes copyright information, sample permission letters, useful links and a quiz.

All Right to Copy? can be used across a broad range of subject areas including English, Information Technology, Communications and all Arts subjects including Media, Visual Arts, Music and Drama. It is suitable for students aged 9-15 and can be completed within a day. It would be ideal to teach prior to the commencement of any creative project and when teaching about the online environment.

The All Right to Copy? external link website will provide you with resources on 'Helping you to copy it right'. 

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