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Advice to protect Copyright
The Australian Copyright Council
The Australian Copyright Council is an independent, non-profit organisation who represent the peak bodies for professional artists and content creators working in Australia’s creative industries and Australia’s major copyright collecting societies. They have provided advice and defined copyright infringement.
‘Copyright infringement is the unauthorised exercise of one of the copyright owner’s exclusive rights. Common examples of copyright infringement that could occur in schools are:
- copying more than the amount of a work permitted to be copied by the education statutory licences, a direct licence or a fair dealing exception;
“(The Copyright Act allows “fair dealing” with copyright material for certain specified purposes. Unlike US copyright law, Australian law does not have a general “fair use” defence.)
- downloading and sharing MP3 files of music, videos or games without permission of the copyright owner;
- putting music on the Internet for download by students or the public;
- scanning a photograph that has been published and using it without permission or attribution and in the absence of an exception (lack of attribution would be an infringement of the creator’s moral rights);
- installing more copies of a software program on computers than are allowed for in the relevant licence agreement.’
Copyright for schools
The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, The Catholic Education Office and independent schools contribute to more than $114 Million in licencing fees paid to Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) each year.
This enables educational institutions to use some copyright material for educational purposes without permission from the copyright owner.
The main provisions are in Part VB (copying and communicating text, images and notated music) and Part VA (copying and communicating TV and radio programs).