Browse the sections below to find out about copyright and how it affects members of our academic community.
The information presented on these pages is intended as advice for staff and students of the University of Otago and is not a substitute for the advice of a qualified legal professional.
Find out about the basic principles behind copyright and how it works in the Otago context in this introductory video.
Watch a series of videos that explain some of the key concepts that affect the academic community in the internet age: Intellectual Property, Copyright, Creative Commons and Open Educational Resources.
Fair dealing is a key concept in copyright law. It allows any person to use copyrighted material in certain ways where you would otherwise have to seek the permission of the copyright holder.
Beyond copying that might be allowed as fair dealing, in New Zealand there are special provisions for educational copying.
Information about licensing agreements that grant the University the right to copy certain material beyond the allowances for copying for fair dealing or educational purposes.
There is a growing movement within higher education to encourage the publication of data and content under more open alternatives to 'all rights reserved' copyright.
Copyright applies to anything that is created in a fixed form and is a result of labour and skill. If you create anything in the course of your work (as almost all of us do), read about how copyright applies to that material.
When we create things we frequently use material that was created by others. Read about what you can and can't do with such material.
The internet has changed the way we interact and share information and resources, particularly since the rise of Web 2.0. Read about what you can and can't do with material you find on the web, who owns material when you upload to Facebook or YouTube, and more...
Web 2.0 means everyone is a 'publisher.' Find out what you need to know if you have a blog or a wiki.
How does copyright affect students, particularly those doing graduate research?
Making a coursepack for your students? This section describes what you can and can't include in terms of copyright.
What can you show or play to students in a lecture situation? Does this change when the lecture is recorded? Is there a form I fill out when my lecture is recorded?
How do I go about seeking permission to use something for which someone else holds the copyright?
Links to Otago policies on Intellectual Property Rights for staff and students and other relevant official documents.
Contact the University Copyright Officer