Copyright and digital resources during  COVID-19

This page summarises how to provide copyright material in your online teaching during the COVID-19 outbreak.


The information below supplements the more detailed pages about:

Teaching and adding resources to the LMS

Many copyright provisions require that material is in a passworded system available only to the university community. Learning material should only be accessed by students via the LMS or the library's OneSearch.   

Do not provide access to copyright material in other systems like Dropbox, YouTube or via email. Students should be reminded not to share copyrighted material with others beyond the LMS.

Material that cannot be added under copyright to the LMS

For units designed before COVID-19 restrictions, some material required for study or assessment cannot be provided via the LMS or OneSearch. For example, a print textbook that the publisher does not offer to libraries in electronic version, or a DVD which could be played in the classroom, but is not allowed to be added to the LMS for download.

The best approach is to substitute the item with another that is similar or adapt the assessment, providing an extension if needed.

If you cannot substitute material, and students are unable to access it due to copyright restrictions, during  Semester 1 please contact the Senior Librarian (Copyright) for further advice.   

For Semester 2,  it is recommended that all required textbooks and readings are selected from the Library's online collections or from online resources available for purchase by the library. If you need assistance to identify suitable content please contact your faculty librarianfor assistance. 

Teaching material that can be added to the LMS

The section below outlines material that can be added to the LMS either because the library has provided a licence to do this, or due to an exception for educational institutions or libraries under copyright law. The specific licences and exceptions are detailed on the Copyright and Teaching page.

Outside of these rights, if you have directly negotiated with the copyright holder to share their material in the LMS, then you can do so. When you do this, the permission must be recorded in the University’s TRIM record system. Please send a copy of the permission to the Senior Librarian(Copyright).

Other types of materials

For other materials, including audio, images and items available under Creative Commons, please see the Copyright and Teaching page or contact the Senior Librarian (Copyright) if the information is not there.

Your  faculty librarians will be able to help you with copyright questions. 

UWA also has a dedicated Senior Librarian (Copyright) who can provide specialist advice (not legal advice). She is available Mondays, Tuesdays and every second Wednesday.