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Copyright for unit of study readings

Managing copyright through the Unit of Study Readings Service

The Unit of Study Readings Service delivers essential and recommended readings to students by digitising high demand information resources and making them available online.

The Unit of Study Readings Service also helps the University manage the electronic copying limits, reporting and other requirements of the statutory licences contained in the Copyright Act.

Participating in the 2017 Unit of Study Readings pilot? Go to the Unit of Study Readings pilot guide.

Copying limits for unit of study readings
  • Books

    10% or one chapter, whichever is the greater.

    If multiple chapters are less than 10% of the work, we will make multiple chapters available up to the 10% limit via Unit of Study Readings.

    More than 1 chapter or 10% may be copied where the work is not commercially available within a reasonable time at an ordinary commercial price (i.e. the book is out of print).

    Journal articles

    One article from an issue of a journal. More than one article per issue may be copied if the works are on the same subject area.

    Music scores

    10% of the pages.

What about electronic books and journal articles in databases?
  • It is best practice to link to electronic books and journal articles within the University Library’s electronic collections. Do not upload electronic books or journal articles directly to the Learning Management System.

Why can’t I upload book chapters and journal articles to the Learning Management System?
  • Under the statutory licences of the Copyright Act there are copying limits for digitised education resources that apply across the whole University.

    Digitised book chapters, journal articles and other text works are managed through the Library to protect the University from breaching copyright by inadvertently making copies of works outside the terms of the statutory licence.


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