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Copyright tips for online learning

Posted: Wednesday 18 March 2020

Online Learning presents some questions about using copyright material, such as: 

  • Can I link to a YouTube video?
  • How can I make a textbook available to my students online?
  • I am recording my lecture, can I include the video I play in class?   

These resources can help you find the answers-  

  • Federation Copyright Tool  (requires login)  - a new online resource 
  • A printable poster - Copyright for delivering teaching materials guide (PDF) 
  • Contact the Copyright Office: or 03 5327 9876
  • Contact Federation University Library: for econtent purchasing requests

Federation University Library and Federation Copyright Office  

Answers: a) Yes, as long as the YouTube content itself isn't infringing.   b) Through Course Readings (generally up to 10%), or as an eTextbook if available, or through special circumstances (e.g. item is out of print). c) It depends - best to pause the lecture recording while the video plays, but it does depend on where the video content is from.   
In each case, for further information please contact

Contact Helen Heawood
University Copyright Coordinator / Academic Integrity Officer
03 53279625