In Australia, the Statutory Education Licence allows educators and educational institutions to use text and artistic works, including print-based materials, for educational purposes without needing to obtain permission from the copyright owner. However, this licence comes with specific compliance requirements to ensure fair use and respect for intellectual property rights:
- Fair Dealing: Use of copyrighted material must align with the principles of fair dealing, intended for the purposes of research, study, critique, review, news reporting, and education.
- Attribution: Proper attribution must be given to the creators of the text and images used, acknowledging their authorship and the source of the material.
- Educational Purpose: The material used under this licence must be for educational purposes within an educational context, such as teaching, preparation for teaching, or other activities directly related to the educational course.
- Copying Limits: There are limits on the amount of material that can be copied or communicated. For example, a “reasonable portion” is often defined as up to 10% of the number of pages or one chapter of a book, whichever is greater.
- Record Keeping: Educational institutions are required to maintain records of the materials used under the licence, including details about the nature and extent of the use. This is essential for the calculation of remuneration to copyright owners through collecting societies like Copyright Agency.
- Notification: Educational institutions must inform their staff and students about the terms and conditions of the licence, including the obligations and limitations related to the use of copyrighted materials.
Compliance with these requirements ensures that educational use of copyrighted materials under the Statutory Education Licence is legal, ethical, and fair to the original creators. It is crucial for educators and institutions to stay informed about these requirements and to implement appropriate policies and practices to maintain compliance.