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4.4 Copyright In a Digital Environment-

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4.4 How does copyright work in a digital environment?

Copyright works in the same way in a digital environment as it does with books.

  • Similar copying limits apply in a digital environment.
  • As a general rule, students should check for a copyright notice attached to any material on the internet. Just because it is online does not mean that it is copyright free.
  • As copyright is internationally recognised and Australia, through various agreements and treaties, respects the copyright of other nations and they ours, material on overseas websites may also be copyright.

The Copyright Act was amended in 2000 in response to the rapid growth of use of the internet. The Copyright Amendment (Digital Agenda) Act 2000 gives the owners of material on the internet certain exclusive rights. These include:

  • the right to reproduce material
  • the right to communicate the material to the public.
Q: What is a communication right?
Q: How can you download copyright-free images?
Q: Does 'copyright free' always mean that I can just use an image or content?
Q: What is the international symbol indicating copyright?
Q: How do you contact an author or web page creator to ask for online copyright permission?


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