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Case Study 1 Readings

Key words: Copyright, idea/expression, moral rights, public domain, term, jurisdiction, copyright ownership.


Overview:  Much of this course will be spent learning about the ways in which you, as educators, can use copyrighted works without infringing copyright.  But first it is important to note that there are many works that may be freely used because they are not protected by copyright at all.  This week, you will learn about the history and origins of copyright law, which works are protected by copyright law, and which works are in the public domain. The public domain is the name given to the set of works that are not protected by copyright law—because they do not fall within the scope of copyright protection or because they are no longer covered by the limited term (that is, period of time) of copyright protection.


Reading and Resources


    * Chapters 3-4 Introducing Copyright A plain language guide to copyright in the 21st Century by Julien Hofman


    * Smartcopying Website- the Official Guide to Copyright for Australian Schools and TAFEs

    * Copyright a general overview:

    * Copyright Kitchen:


Selected links to Smartcopying Website


    * What is protected by Copyright?

    * Requirements for copyright protection

    * Who owns copyright?

    * Exceptions to rules re copyright ownership?

    * Duration of Copyright Protection

    * Is the work still in copyright?

    * Copyright Exceptions

    * Statutory licence schemes for educational copying

    * Moral Rights


Reading on specific issues:


    * Layers of copyright: Chapter 2.7 Blog, Podcast, Vodcast and Wiki Copyright Guide for Australia


For more information:


    * Information Sheet G066 Databases, compilations, table and forms available to view at

    * 'Part 2 - Overview of Copyright' of the Blog, Podcast, Vodcast and Wiki Copyright Guide for Australia



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