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Copyright for Students

This guide will assist Bond University students to maximise the creation and use of materials while meeting their copyright obligations


©-Friendly images and media for education

Would you like to use a still or animated image or video clip in your PowerPoint presentation, or iLearn site? Public domain and open access websites contain a multitude of mixed media items which are royalty free, or have a creative commons licence. There are many websites which contain links to still images, clip art, video, animation and sound, and you do not need the copyright holder’s approval to use the material contained in these sites, however …

Before you download any material from any internet site always check that you understand the Terms of Use of material on that site. Copyright information may also be found under other various headings such as: About Us, Conditions of Use, Permission, Copyright, FAQs or Legal obligations.

Most sites require an acknowledgement, or inclusion of a copyright statement with the selected material.

Example: You want to use an image from the following site: CSIRO Science Image where all images are free to download under a Creative Commons Licence. The selected image should be followed by the accompanying copyright information and a link to the CC licence should be provided. 


Dune erosion showing exposed tree roots at Balaclava in the mid-north of South Australia. 1992. Photographer : John Coppi  Licence:  CC BY 3.0

Creative Commons & Public Domain images

More 'free' images and media

Licence definitions

Copyleft: You can use, modify and distribute freely on condition that any derivative works are released under the same conditions.

Creative Commons Licence: The copyright holder keeps copyright but allows people to copy and distribute copyrighted work provided they meet the stipulations in the license.

morgueFile Free Licence: You can not sell, license, sublicense, rent, transfer or distribute images exactly as they are without alteration.

GNU Free Documentation Licence (GFDL): A copyleft licence that stipulates that any copy of the material, even if modified, carry the same licence.

Public DomainWorks in the public domain are those whose intellectual property rights have been forfeited or have expired.

Royalty Free: The right to use copyrighted material or intellectual property without the need to pay royalties or licences fees.


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Antoinette Cass

Manager, Scholarly Publications & Copyright
Phone: +61 7 5595 1523