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Copyright for eBooks

Digital Rights Management (DRM) is a technology designed to control and limit the use of digital resources to protect the authors' intellectual property. Licensing agreements between the library and publishers define the access, download, print and copy limits of eBooks. The details page of the eBook will usually outline what permissions you have to copy, save and print. When no limits have been applied to the eBook students are still required to comply with the Copyright Act 1968. 

As a student, you can rely on what is called "fair dealing for research or study". This exception allows you to reproduce limited copyright material for your own reference and in your assignments. The guideline for an electronic resource is:

  • 10% of the number of words from an electronic resource

In order for the exception to apply, your work (assignments, etc.) must only be available to you, your classmates and your instructors for assessment in that course of study. 

Please refer to this library guide for more information on copyright:

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