Copyright obligations for repository users
All works held in the Monash University Research Repository are copyright material. Users of work are free to reproduce the work for personal non-commercial use. Specific additional licence conditions may apply to some material and must be observed. Copyright is retained by the author(s) and/or publisher(s). For purposes other than private research and study, permission must be obtained from the copyright holders.
Copyright and open access for contributing authors
Published works and publisher agreements
There may be copyright restrictions on the deposit of previously published works into institutional repositories such as the ARROW Repository. Publisher agreements will vary and it is essential that you check your copyright transfer agreement for any restrictions.
Variations may include:
- Published version can be deposited
- Link must be to the published version
- Submitted version can be deposited
- Submitted version can be deposited immediately following publication
- Deposit is allowed only after the expiration of an embargo
Important: Ensure your copyright transfer agreement allows you to use your work in the way you want to.
The SHERPA RoMEO database provides a summary of permissions that are normally given as part of each publisher’s copyright transfer agreement. Refer to the Special RoMEO Page Publishers Allowing use of their PDFs in Repositories for publisher copyright policies & self-archiving.
Third-party copyright and ‘Fair Dealing’
It is the responsibility of authors to secure permission to use any third-party material in their work, from the rights holder.
Researchers can rely on a special provision in the Australian Copyright Act known as ‘Fair Dealing’ for the use of third-party content during the actual process of conducting research, but this provision does not apply to publication.
If your work has multiple authors, each author must agree to the self-archiving of the work.
Australian Copyright Council
The ACC’s Copyright Information page leads to a listing of information sheets. Those listed below are suggested reading only:
- An introduction to copyright in Australia G010
- Fair dealing G079
- Internet: copying and downloading G056
- Owners of copyright: how to find G051
- Ownership of copyright G058
- Permissions & clearances G103
- Private use copying: time-, format- and space-shifting G097
- Protecting & exploiting your rights G106
- Protecting your copyright G084
- Websites: creating & publishing on the Internet G057
- Writers G013
OAKLaw project QUT, 2008
Versions Toolkit for authors, researchers and repository staff (v.1 February 2008)