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Library Resource Guides: Plagiarism and copyright

What is copyright?

In Australia, copyright law is contained in the Australian Copyright Act 1968.

A simple definition of copyright is that it is a bunch of rights in certain creative works such as text, artistic works, music, computer programs, sound recordings and films. The rights are granted exclusively to the copyright owner to reproduce the material. Copyright owners can prevent others from reproducing or communicating their work without their permission or may sell these rights to someone else.

In Australia, copyright protection is automatic. A work will be protected as soon as it is put into material form.


Copyright resources in the library

The library has an up-to-date collection of Australian Copyright Council publications available on the shelf: 346.940482 AUS

Check the the library catalogue links for availability or to place a hold.

Australian Copyright Council


The Australian Copyright Council (ACC) believes in the values copyright laws protect: creative expression. 

Click on the link below to access copyright resources. The ACC grants permission to download and print one copy of an information sheet per user.

Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a global nonprofit organisation that enables sharing and reuse of creativity and knowledge through the provision of free legal tools.



The National Copyright Unit (NCU) has produced copyright guidelines, information sheets and notices  for Australian Schools and TAFE.



Turnitin is an electronic text matching system. The database contains copies of electronic text on the Internet, in published works, on commercial databases, and in assignments previously submitted to Turnitin by students all over the world.

Turnitin provides an Originality Report in which 'matched' text is underlined, colour coded, and linked to either the original source or a similar document on its database. The report also provides a Similarity Index.