Answered By: Alison Gowers
Last Updated: Sep 11, 2017     Views: 2025

Part VB of the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) relates to the reproduction and communication of works by educational institutions. It allows educational institutions to use copyright material in certain ways without having to seek permission or a licence to do so.

Under the terms of part VB of the Copyright Act 1968, educational institutions can make copies of copyright works as long as the copy is made only for the educational purposes of the institution. Additionally, there are limits on how much can be copied. Generally, and especially for commerically available works, this is "a reasonable portion", which may mean only part of a work. This link provides further details on what is considered a resonable portion by the Act but briefly, here are some of the limits for copying:

  • For books, 10% of the total number of pages, or one chapter if the work is broken up into chapters.
  • For journal articles, one article from an issue of a journal, or more than one if they are on the same subject matter.

As long as the copying is done for educational purposes, and the amount copied is a reasonable portion, staff members are able to rely on the provision of Part VB of the Copyright Act 1968 for their teaching. It is advisable for staff to include a warning notice when providing/communicating to students works copied under Part VB.

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Please view the Copyright Guide on the University Library website for more information about the above topic as well as other areas of Copyright.