As a teacher, you can copy and communicate copyrighted material for UQ educational purposes. The materials provided must comply with our licences.

Your learning resources

Preparing learning resources

Work with the Library's Learning Resources Team when you are preparing your learning resources.

We can provide advice and copyright-friendly methods of access to learning resources so they comply with the University's statutory licences.

Link to materials in Learn.UQ (Blackboard)

Link to works such as journal articles and ebooks/etextbooks in Learn.UQ so your students can go to the publisher’s website to use or download the work themselves.

Our agreements with publishers do not allow us to provide a file to students directly within Learn.UQ.

Reuse of teaching materials from other institutions

Under the University's Intellectual Property Policy, UQ retains the copyright in any teaching materials created by staff employed at the University. 

This is in line with most other universities around Australia, and the reuse of materials developed while you were employed at another institution will require you to seek permission from that institution. 

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Summary of materials you can provide for teaching

This summary outlines the rules for providing non-UQ copyright material to students for education purposes under our statutory and commercial licences.

Journal articles

If the article is only available in hard copy form, you may use:

  • 1 article from a journal issue, or
  • 2 or more articles from the same issue if they are on the same topic.


Literary, dramatic or musical works, and anthologies
(Books, poems, plays, scripts, scores and sheet music)

You can copy 10% of the total number of pages, or 1 chapter (whichever is greater). 

You may be able to copy more than 10% or 1 chapter if the work is: 

  1. Not available for purchase as it is out of print or unpublished.
    Email us at We can advise on the print status and available copies.
  2. A published edition – where the underlying work is out of copyright (e.g. works by Shakespeare or Mozart) but copyright applies to the layout and editing of that particular edition. 


Artistic works
(Digital images, photographs, graphs and diagrams)

Material from a journal article: submit an online permission request via the article using the publisher's copyright requesting system.

In most cases, you will not be charged for this use, but permission is required.

Image from another electronic source (e.g. a website): you can use the image.


Recorded music

Check the Copyright and music guide for the use of recorded music.



Streaming services

Review the terms of service for your account with the platform before screening material in class. Where a screening is against the terms of service, consider setting the film as required viewing for your students who can arrange their own access to the platform.

Netflix allows for educational screenings of certain documentaries. See the Netflix Educational screenings of documentaries help page for details.

Commercial DVD

You can show a film or TV program from a commercial DVD to students in class.

Email us at for alternative options if a physical classroom screening is not possible.


Television and radio broadcasts

TV and radio broadcasts can be included in teaching materials. Any broadcast received in Australia is covered. 

Link to content on platforms such as ABC iView.



Where possible, provide a link to the podcast.

In some cases, podcasts can be downloaded. Email us at for more information.



Provide a link to the website. Avoid linking to sites that host infringing content.

If you want to print or download material, check the Terms and Conditions of the website.  


Computer Software 

You must always seek a software licence. There are no provisions in the Act for reproducing or communicating computer software. 

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edX (Edge)

Courses on edX (Edge) are often subject to different copyright rules than those on Learn.UQ (Blackboard). This includes courses that are publicly available massive open online courses (MOOCs).

In general, we cannot provide access to resources that require UQ credentials in such courses (such as journal articles that are available through one of the Library’s agreements with publishers).

Email us at for more information about materials that can be provided to students via the edX (Edge) platform.

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Contact us for copyright advice for teaching

Email us at for more information about the copyright and your teaching.

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