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Copyright is the ownership given to creators of original work, including:

  • Artistic works: paintings, photos, maps, graphics etc
  • Literary works: novels, textbooks, poems, song lyrics, newspaper articles, computer software, computer games
  • Musical works: song music, ad jingles
  • Films and moving images: movies, documentaries, tv programs, music videos
  • Sound recordings: MP3 files, CDs, DVDs
  • Broadcasts: pay and free to air TV and radio
  • It is important to note that online text, images, broadcasts, videos and music on websites, wikis, blogs and social networking sites are all protected by copyright. 

In Australia copyright protection is automatic. You don't have to apply for it.

The Copyright Act allows for “fair dealing” that allows students to copy and use other people’s works for the purpose of ‘research and study’, ‘criticism and review’, ‘satire and parody’ and ‘reporting the news’.

This means we can use someone’s work for educational purposes but  – WE MUST SAY WHOSE WORK IT IS eg. Which website the information came from. That’s why we REFERENCE.

Plagiarism is when a student uses someone else’s ideas or words in their work and pretends that they are their own. Esperance SHS treats plagiarism by students very seriously. Consequences may include After School Detention and zero marks being awarded if it is an assessment item.

Students and Copyright - Official guide to copyright issues for Australian schools.