There are limits to what materials may be included in a hard copy course reader. The following lists key points to be aware of. If you need specific help, give us a call.

What you can include in a hard copy course reader

  1. UQ-owned copyright material - no limits.
  2. 3rd-party copyright material where the express permission of the copyright has been obtained - limited by extent of permission, which must be in writing.
  3. Electronic journals and databases supplied through the Library - varies according to licence conditions, but most do not permit inclusion in readers.
  4. Other material – e.g. Hardcopy books, journals and newspapers, and text and images from the web. The University pays $1m annually to permit copying under a statutory licence for educational purposes.

    The limits under this licence are set out below and represent the total amount that can be provided to a student for a single subject from a single source:
    1. Books – one chapter or 10% of the pages, whichever is the greater.
    2. Hardcopy journals and magazines, including newspapers – one article from an issue or two or more where they are on the same topic – i.e. a single sub-topic narrower than the subject breadth of the journal.
    3. Material openly available on the web from non-licensed sources can be used in limited quantities:
      • No more than 10% of the words or pages of a website - note: separately published copyright works made available through a website - e.g. reports – are treated as individual works and subject to the chapter or 10% rule in most cases.
      • Images where they are not separately commercially available in electronic form.

Copyright advice and support

If you have any questions about Copyright, Creative Commons, or any other IP realted topic, please contact James Lewandowski-Cox, the University Copyright Officer.