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Text works

Using literary, dramatic and musical works in the classroom and online

Academics can copy and communicate literary, dramatic and musical works for educational purposes under a statutory licence contained in the Copyright Act known as the Part VB licence, and under another exception, perform such works in the classroom.

A communication of a text work occurs when material is emailed or made available to students online via the University Library’s Unit of Study Readings Service.


Due to copying limits under the Part VB licence, academics must not copy and upload text works such as journal articles, book chapters and musical scores directly to the Learning Management System. Send your reading lists to the Library's Unit of Study Readings Service.


In the classroom
  • Academics can:

    • distribute a “reasonable portion” of a literary or dramatic work in hard copy, including excerpts of sheet music
    • perform literary and dramatic works
    • perform musical works
    • include excerpts of text in lecture presentations
    • lecture capture excerpts of text
Access online
  • Under the Part VB licence, Academics can make a “reasonable portion” of a text work available to students via the University Library’s Unit of Study Readings Service.

    • Unit of Study readings can be linked to the Learning Management System
    • Academics must not upload text works directly to the Learning Management System

    Access must be protected by Unikey.

Copying limits
  • Under the Part VB licence, academics (and other University staff) can copy a "reasonable portion" of a work:

    • 10% or 1 chapter of a book (whichever is greater)
    • 10% of the words on a website. Determining 10% of the words on a website can be difficult. If this is the case, only copy what you need for the educational purpose
    • 10% of a printed music score

    We can exceed the copying limits (ie a whole book or entire play) where the work is not commercially available within a reasonable time at an ordinary commercial price.


    Q: Why can’t I have two chapters from the same book in my Unit of Study Reading list?

    A: Maybe you can. The copyright limit for published books on the Unit of Study Readings Service is 1 chapter or 10% of the work, whichever is greater. This limit applies across the whole of the University, but if multiple chapters make up less than 10% of the work, we will make multiple chapters available.


Labelling and attribution

 

This information is provided as general information only. It provides a basic introduction to copyright and is not intended to be comprehensive.