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Copyright: Introduction

Student guide to copyright

Copyright basics

Welcome to Module 1: Copyright Basics

Work through the sections at your own pace. When you complete a module you can return to the Copyright Modules for Students homepage to navigate to the next module.

Copyright laws can differ greatly between countries. This module relates to Australian copyright law.

What will you learn in this set of tutorials?


At the end of this module you should be able to:

 Explain the term 'copyright' and give examples of the types of materials it protects

 Recognise who owns copyright and recall what they are entitled to do with copyrighted material

 Describe when copyright protection begins

 Summarise the underlying reasons for proper attribution.


 This module will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.


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