In consultation with the Universities Australia legal counsel the following advice is given.
It is important to note that the law has not changed, but in special circumstances, like the COVID-19 pandemic, we have some special exceptions in the law that we can use to help us provide the material required for teaching in a fully online environment.
I cannot get into the library because I am in quarantine and I rely on using library print collections to do my required readings. What can I do?
Please contact the Library and they will check if a commercially available ebook copy can be purchased. If not, the parts of the book you require can be digitised for you and provided for your limited use under s 200ab of the Copyright Act
I have ordered a textbook for my studies and it has not arrived in the mail due to COVID-19 related delays. What can I do?
Please contact the Library and under Section s 200ab, the Library can copy the chapters of the textbook (if in the collection) you need until your purchased copy arrives. This will be supplied to for your personal use for purposes of undertaking your studies. No further copies must be made.
Normally I stream films or other audio-visual material in my lecturers or tutorials for students on campus. How can I provide access to these materials in my online teaching?
For TV broadcast content made available by a broadcaster ie ABC iview
Where possible link to free platforms like ABC iview or other broadcast websites. If you have offshore students you may download a copy of the broadcast for inclusion in the unit materials.
Also check EduTV to see if the program or film you need is in this online collection.
For commercially available DVDs feature films etc
The only way to make this content available to students attending online classes as a result of COVID-19 disruptions is to copy the content and play this for an online class.
This content can be uploaded to the ECHO360 Lecture capture system (request here) and the video file will be able to streamed but not downloaded so no further copying can occur.
Copying freely available internet content such as YouTube videos
Where possible link to the platform, and if this is not possible due to offshore students in China, you may make a copy of the YouTube video for inclusion in your course materials.
If you have any other questions or queries please contact Helen Balfour, the University Copyright Coordinator for advice and help.