Copyright for creators

When creating work for commercial use or publication, you may need to obtain permission to use content from books, journals and other copyrighted works if you are using more than a reasonable portion. Many publishers request you seek permission via online forms.

For online content, check the terms and conditions of the website to determine whether you can use it. If the terms and conditions are unclear, you will need to obtain written permission from the copyright owner. 

When seeking permission: 

  • always ensure that permission from the copyright owner is in writing
  • specify how you intend to use the content (e.g. non-commercial use and inclusion in USQ’s institutional repository). If you are licensing your work under a Creative Commons licence, the type of licence must be specified 
  • retain a copy of the received permission – keep a checklist and start a log of all the copyrighted content you have used in your work
  • comply with any conditions requested by the copyright owner. For example, some publishers want to be attributed in a certain way. Ensure their conditions are met
  • always acknowledge the source of the content.