COVID-19 and Copyright Guide

The rapid growth of the Corona Virus (COVID-19) worldwide has produced many difficult and stressful challenges. For us as educators, social distancing and isolation measures has forced campus closures and state-wide border controls. These unprecedented access restrictions have created challenges for how we can provide access to essential learning resources. This short guide is designed to help navigate some of the common copyright issues that might arise. If you can’t find the answer you are looking for you can always contact the UTAS copyright team.

Publishers are providing free access to their content during the COVID-19 lock down period

Many publishers of academic content (Journals, eBooks etc ) that the library subscribe to are making content freely accessible during the time we are affected by isolation and distancing measures. The library has now created a list of these resources.

Making copies under the education licences

The university has two statutory based education licences and a voluntary music licence allowing certain amounts of text, image, broadcast material and music to be used for “educational purposes”. These licences are always there to support your need for resources where no other licence applies. If you would like to learn more or need a refresher on what you can do under the licences you can visit the UTAS Teaching and Copyright Website

Finding Openly licensed and free access resources

Many of our learning resource licences including the statutory licences, databases and eBook licences only allow access to our students and staff. There are times where we need or would like to provide publicly accessible resources. There are many great open and freely accessible online learning materials ranging from images to complete courses. Here are just a couple of the many sources that may assist you.

Don’t forget that you can always ask a Librarian if need help finding something specific.

Out of copyright material

You can always copy and communicate material in which copyright has expired. It is sometimes hard to know how long copyright lasts. The Australian Government has created a useful guide to determining copyright subsistence called the Duration of copyright.

Copying for students with disabilities

The Copyright Act contains disability access provisions that ensure equitable access to copyright material by persons with a disability. It is always important to know that you have the right to copy copyright material in such circumstances and perhaps useful to learn more about it during the current crisis. More information on how to use the provisions is available on the UTAS Copyright and Assisting people with a disability webpage.

Lecture recording

Recording lectures that include text, images, audio visual material, or guest speakers without the appropriate permissions can infringe copyright. To make it a little easier to understand what you can do we have made a table to help with decision making.

Special Cases

If none of the above measures cover you to use essential texts or audio-visual material please visit the Copying as a Special Case web page. If you are still uncertain about where to find resources please contact the library as soon as possible to see how we can best meet your learning resource needs.