Issues of copyright affect all of us.   With more and more information available in different formats and on the internet, the rules are becoming complicated about what you can use, especially as the rules are constantly changing.

Of course, just because it’s on the internet doesn’t mean it’s free for you to use.

Australian Copyright Council

For information on copyright go to:  The Australian Copyright Council

The Australian Copyright Council provides information to many frequently asked questions about copyright.  Browse the A to Z fact file to find answers to your questions.

New Book in the LRC:

We have also ordered a new book from the Australian Copyright Council which should arrive shortly titled New Technologies for Education.  This will contain information that’s a little more up to date and might address some of the questions you might have.

If you want people to see information you have found on the internet, as a general rule,  it is safer to link directly to the other url from your website.   Make sure before you do this that the website you are linking to does not contain infringing material e.g allowing people to see the latest Hollywood movies for free.  Some sites allow you to embed information, such as videos and images into your website but you must check before you do this.

More Information for Schools

Also see:  Smartcopying

The site provides practical information for schools, teachers and students about copyright.


If you are creating content and you want to use sound, images etc., it may be helpful to look for resources with a creative commons license.  Make sure you understand the license terms first and give attribution (say where you got the material from).

The following links go to resources with a creative commons license.

Commons – Fact Sheets for Educators – will help identify copyright free resources
Creative Commons Licences – an overview
Open Attribute – (A free tool that makes attribution simple and easy)


Creative Commons


Image Search Engine

Search for creative common images

Searches images on Flickr – not all images are CC attributed so discretion is required.

Free stock photo search engine.

Free Creative Commons picture search. Automatically sizes the image, hosts the image, and builds the photo credit into the code.

A license-specific photo search engine. Currently we index and search millions of freely licensed photos, from many sources, and present them in an integrated search.


Sound effect search engine

A community music site featuring remixes licensed under Creative Commons where you can listen to, sample, mash-up, or interact with music.

Free independent music, more than 9,000 mp3 downloads

Over 400 CD quality free wavs recorded by great inspiring musicians, from FX sounds to hip hop samples and this in many different instruments.

Pod Safe Audio
Audio resources for those creating podcasts

Jewel Beat *New*
Free background tunes to use with your projects.

GENERAL (Audio-Images-Video and Multimedia)

CC Page (Reading: Active and Engaging wiki)-
List of CC sites with descriptions



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