All New Zealand universities hold a copyright licence to help staff efficiently manage copyright. Learn more about the benefits of your Universities Licence here.
If your student course materials include content from books, journals, magazines or newspapers then our licence is a valuable tool to make your work much easier.
Here's an overview of what's covered under this licence.
What material can you copy?
- Material that originates from a printed book, journal or magazine (sometimes called hard copies)
- A scanned or digital copy of an original printed version
- Overseas and local newspapers (digital and print content)
How much can you copy?
- Up to 10% or one chapter of a book (whichever is greater, including pictures and graphs)
- 15 pages from books of short stories and poetry
- Complete magazine and journal articles (one per issue, more if on the same subject)
- Overseas and local newspaper articles (five per issue, from online or hard copy)
- Additional proportion of work on application through MyCopyright
How can you share this material with students?
- Printed class handouts and compiled worksheets
- Interactive whiteboards and screens
- Password protected class webpages, including learning management and reading list software
- Extend to non-EFTS learners (eg. short course attendees) on application through MyCopyright
Simplify your copyright law compliance
This copyright licence provides permission to re-use printed material sourced from books, textbooks, journals, magazines, newspapers and periodicals.
Compliance with the law: the licence provides a simple, cost-effective way to copy materials. It compliments your other licences and OA materials.
Risk management: as a licence-holder, your university will be indemnified against legal action by owners of material included in the licence. Licence-holders have access to free copyright education material and our help-desk.
Support authors and publishers: licence fees fund authors and publishers - including many university staff and university press - to continue to produce information you need to teach your students.
Flexible licence extensions: additional licence provisions available through MyCopyright (our online portal) to support compliance in exceptional circumstances beyond the standard licence terms. Additional fees apply.
Pricing and licence period
Pricing is based on your number of EFTS (Equivalent Full Time Students), making copyright compliance a predictable fixed cost.
The Universities Licence runs for the period January to December with an update of your EFTS numbers at the beginning of each year.
A copyright licence that meets your needs.
- Free e-learning module for staff and students. In just 30 to 40 minutes you’ll gain an effective, practical grounding in copyright, or use it in professional development, new staff induction, or risk management exercises.
- Knowledge base freely available for all tertiary staff and students. If you have a curly question, just consult our
- Free training support. Check out our resources page to download copyright awareness material or contact our Business Development Manager to discuss webinar and live copyright education seminars.
- Flexible licence extensions available through MyCopyright that respond to universities' contemporary delivery needs including: additional proportions of works, interloaned works and works in transit, selected digital works, and licensing of non-EFTS learners.
How does the licence help me?
Lecturers and teaching staff
If you’re a lecturer, the licence lets you focus on delivering a high-quality education to your students while also minimising your administrative burden, allowing you to spend more of your non-teaching time on research.The licence opens up a world of high-quality published material.
If you’re in a compliance administration role, the licence is an important tool to help you to keep your university compliant with its legal obligations. It compliments other content licences, reduces risk of teaching staff being insufficiently informed of copyright obligations and there’s even a legal indemnification! We provide a range of education and compliance resources, and support from knowledgeable, responsive staff.
If you’re responsible for making purchasing decisions, the licence provides a well-established response to copyright’s compliance risk and administrative overhead. The licence helps by covering a broad range of copyright material, simple comprehensive terms, with a predictable EFTS-based fee structure.
If you’re a senior decision-maker, the licence provides an effective compliance tool that lets administrators focus on your university's strategic goals. The licence helps through its broad scope and predictable cost structure.
What isn't included in the licence?
Copyright applies to published material including books, journals, newspapers, magazines, art and music - even when the copyright symbol © is not displayed. Our licence doesn't include material licensed by other collective management organisations and alternative licensing arrangements such as OA.
Our various licences enable organisations that have licensed with us to copy and share much more than is available under the Copyright Act. But there are exclusions to what can be copied, find out more here >>
Find out more
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