Many of the teaching materials you receive as part of your course of study, such as articles from journals and chapters from books or other publications, are protected by copyright. Often these are copied for or otherwise made available to you under special copyright licences entered into by your tertiary education provider. These licences allow for the copying by your institution in a more extensive way than would otherwise be allowed under the Copyright Act. Often there are conditions attaching to the copyright licences. Importantly, copying and sharing of material must only be done for the educational purposes of the institution in providing course packs and other material to enrolled students carrying out a course of study at the institution.
Course packs and other materials provided in hard copy form
If copyright materials are provided to you in hard copy form they are only for your own education purposes and will generally display a copyright notice to this effect. You can quote from or copy extracts from the material for the purposes of exams or assessments or for your own research or study. However students are not allowed to make photocopies or digitise this material to share with others unless a special copyright exception applies (such as limited use for fair dealing criticism or review) or you have permission from the copyright owner. Permission from the copyright owner to copy of share this material may in some cases exist in the form of an open access licence which will be indicated on the materials. In such case you should adhere to the terms of the licence. Refer elsewhere in this knowledege base for general information on open access licences.
Material provided in electronic form
If copyright material is available to you in electronic form, it is for your own educational purposes only. Students are generally allowed to print a copy for themselves but not to make extra copies or share with others unless a special exception or permission applies. For example, you are not allowed to upload these materials on social media sites such as Facebook even if it is for research or study purposes.