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Copyright - SWTAFE Staff: Tips & FAQs


It is important that we model good copyright practices for our students, work colleagues and the industries we work alongside. See below for a few tips on remaining copyright compliant.

  • Label any teaching material that has been created by you. Utilise the corporate templates on the Staff Intranet.
  • If using a 3rd party resource, seek permission from the copyright owner. Forward this permission to Amber Maskell.
  • Remember to attribute image sources, especially in PowerPoints.
  • For more information on labelling, select the Attribution tab above

  • Link to websites and resources rather than copying & pasting content.
  • Library staff can assist in obtaining links for use within Moodle.
  • For more information on linking, select the Linking tab above

  • Search for free images on websites recommended by Library staff and Marketing. To see these, select the Free Resources tab above.
  • If using Google for images, click on "Tools" - "Usage Rights" - Labelled for non-commercial use"
  • The Library provides access to free resources on the Online Resources page that can be linked to or embedded within Moodle.
  • SWTAFE has a licence to use Shutterstock images. If you find an image on Shutterstock you would like to use, contact Jeremy Callan. 


Can I upload onto SWTAFE Online publisher support material such as powerpoint slides?

  • Written permission from the publisher should be obtained before uploading publisher support material. This should be forwarded to the copyright officer for recording on the Copyright Permissions Register.

Can I stream a film or program during my class to my students (eg. ABC iView, SBS on Demand)?

  • Yes, TAFEs can play television or radio programs in class provided it is:
    • in the course of education and is not for profit;
    • the people in the class are connected to the place where instruction is given (enrolled students/staff)

Can I stream a film from Netflix or Stan in class?

  • Material from these services cannot be played in class. Their licences are for personal and domestic use. Advise students to watch via their own accounts, if they are able to.

Can I copy and distribute to my students, an instructional manual that came with equipment I am teaching my students to use?

  • A publication which accompanies equipment would be considered a separate work so only 10% or 1 chapter of the work could be copied and distributed to students. In order to copy all of the work, permission would need to be obtained from the copyright owner of the material. This would apply to both a physical publication and an electronic publication, such as a pdf document.
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