About Copyright and Education

The following are useful links if you are exploring the notion of copyright. And we want to model to our students legal, fair and appropriate use of materials, don't we?

The Australian Copyright council Information about copyright for educational institutions.
A Creative Commons license can be applied to any work in any format such as text, audio or video and allow you to copyright your work in such a way as it can be shared legally whilst you still retain control. Other related links include the Australian Creative Commons portal. Generate a licence certificate and get a badge that you can add to your work to indicate the CC status. The license code generated can be embedded onto any webpage. You can also search for works you can modify, adapt, or build upon.
Smartcopying The Official Guide to Copyright Issues for Australian Schools and TAFE contains lots of useful information for educators including sheets such as this one on using You Tube in school
Plagium Track plagiarism by pasting your original text.
Copyright issues in the digital world a presentation given by Sylvie Saab, National Copyright Unit (NCU) at the 2009 AIS IT Managers Conference explaining what teachers can copy and what they cannot and offering some alternative sources of material.

Copyright Free & Friendly Resources

Creative Commons is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to making it easier for people to share and build upon the work of others, consistent with the rules of copyright. They provide licences for people to label their work so that others may legally share it.
Creative Commons Australia lists copyright friendly websites and news about the Creative Commons movement in Australia.
See also the Creative Commons Information pack form the Smartcopying website.

Collection of Media

30 Places to find creative commons media
List of works available under a Creative Commons License


Creative Commons images are made available for your use legally under certain conditions such as crediting the author. Visit the site to read more.
Creative Commons Australia lists copyright friendly websites and news about the Creative Commons movement in Australia.
Flickr Creative Commons Many Flickr users choose to offer their work under a Creative Commons license, search content under each type of license.
FlickrCC Collection of Creative Commons licensed pictures arranged in a simple visual format search for groups of images by keyword.
Pics4Learning A copyright-friendly image library for teachers and students consisting of thousands of images that have been donated by students, teachers, and amateur photographers. Unlike many Internet sites, permission has been granted for teachers and students to use all of the images donate.
Picture Australia Access public domain images from our participants, ready for you to download, mash-up and reload with new meaning into Picture Australia via the Flickr group. Please read the Re-Picture Australia instructions for more information.

Open Photo

Video and Multimedia

Wikimedia Commons A database of freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute.
Freedocumentaries.org stream interesting and provocative documentary films for free!
Australian Screen Online View clips from Australian feature films, documentaries, TV programs, shorts, home movies, newsreels, advertisements, other historical footage, and sponsored films produced over the last 100 years, with curators notes and other information about each title.
Pool is a social media project developed by ABC Radio National. It's a place to share your creative work with the Pool community and ABC producers - upload music, photos, videos, documentaries, interviews, animations and more. It's a collaborative space where audiences become makers.
Blip tv
Revver "is an online media network built the way the internet really works. We support the free and unlimited sharing of media. In order to enable the free and open sharing of Revver videos, we're working with with Creative Commons to provide the default copyright license to Revver videos.

Music, Audio and Sound files

Incompetech - Royalty Free music... at last! So long as the composer is credited, the music may be downloaded and used in podcasts, videos, presentations and other productions.
Jamendo On Jamendo artists allow anyone to download and share their music. It's free, legal and unlimited.
FreeSFX download free sound effects for use on your video or audio projects.
Podsafe Audio
Free Music Archive - Creative Commons Content


Science Commons are made available for your use under Creative Commons license.
CCLearn is a division of Creative Commons dedicated to realizing the full potential of the internet to support open learning and open educational resources.
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