Images (illustrations, diagrams, photographs....)

The University of Tasmania holds a statutory licence allowing UTAS staff to copy and communicate still images (photographs, paintings, drawings, cartoons, diagrams, graphic art etc.) for educational purposes without seeking permission from the copyright owner. There are some licence conditions and these are discussed below.

Under the statutory licence

Images within other works (incidental artwork)

You can copy an image together with the text it explains or illustrates. For example, you can copy a diagram together with the journal article text it accompanies. For more information relating to copying text visit the Texts web page.

Images on their own

As a general rule you can copy a image from a hard copy publication (e.g. from a paperback book) if it is not separately published. If the image is separately published, you may still copy it if, after reasonable investigation the image cannot be obtained within a reasonable time at an ordinary commercial price.

Images from online or electronic sources may be copied if they are freely available. In most cases however, such images are subject to licence or contractual agreement (e.g. terms of use or a "click through" agreement). If licence or contractual terms exists you must abide by those terms.

Notice requirements when copying images under the statutory licence

If making electronic copies you must display a prescribed notice immediately before or at the same time as the image. Notice requirements are further explained on the Notices and labels web page.

Copying under other licences

Where images are used under other licencing arrangements such as through Creative Commons or a licenced database you should not use the statutory licence notice discussed above. Instead, you must abide by the terms of that individual licence.

Alternative sources for images

There are a number of sites dedicated to providing access to open licenced content such as Creative Commons and Flickr.

Copyright exceptions under the Copyright Act

Images can be reproduced as part of a question to be answered in an examination or in an answer to an examination question.

Hand written copies of images (such as copying a diagram onto a whiteboard) is permitted in the course of educational instruction.