The kind of intellectual property most often produced and used by school staff is copyright. Copyright refers to the rights granted to the creators or copyright holders of original works and governs how these works may be copied, adapted and shared.

Copyright protects the material expression of an idea, but not the idea itself. Copyright material is described as 'works' and 'other subject matter' and includes:

  • art (including photos, illustrations, graphs, charts)
  • literature (including all text-based works, hardcopy or digital)
  • music and sound recordings
  • films
  • television and radio broadcasts
Guidance chapter explaining the meaning of copyright

Reviewed 26 May 2020

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