Resources for Understanding and Teaching Copyright

With the internet, creative software and remixing being so accessable today the issue of copyright has become one which is important for us all, and yet it is an issue which can be difficult to understand and navigate even for the best of us. Copyright and attributing others work is often overlooked, misunderstood or incorrectly carried out. In my quest to understand this issue I decided to pull together the resources I have found for future referal and for those of you who like me are looking to understand or embarking on the teaching of copyright.

This resouce page is dedicated to the topic of Copyright with a particular focus on copyright in Australia. Caution should be taken in using the following resources, while most of the sites or documents linked to, relate directly to the Australian copyright laws, other links may relate to different countries. While some of these resources may be applied on general or global scale, depending on your location you may need to check the laws for the country you reside in.

As I find new resources I will add them to the page and would love to know about any you find useful which are not listed here.


Copyright Cristal

Image by House (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Australian Copyright Council  – Find an answer, information sheets

This website has information sheets on topics including, An introduction to copyright in Australia, Copying and downloading of DVD’s, Fair Dealing, Websites: Social Networks, Blogs & Usergenerated Media and YouTube & Copyright to name a few.

Copyright Kids

This is a US website designed to introduce and teach kids about copyright. It has the basics and a quiz kids can take with a certificate at the end.

Creative Commons Australia – Fact Sheets

Creative commons (CC) is a fantastic resource with all works licenced under CC free to use although attribution and linking is required by all works and some other restrictions may apply to the work depending on the authors wishes and what the work is being used for. This page provides fact sheets on CC, the licences, attributing works and CC for education.

Creative Commons Australia – Education

This page has some short, easy to understand videos explaining creative commons, the licences as well as looking at remixing creative commons materials. It also has a number of resources for the classroom including worksheets and presentations.


Image By Martin Missfeldt / [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

Five-Minute Film Festival: Copyright and Fair Use for Educators – Edutopia

This is article by Edutopia has a number of videos along with other resources on copyright, fair use and creative commons for educators. This is a US site but has some great resources and is definately worth a look.

Smartcopying – The Official Guide to Copyright Issues for Australian Schools and TAFE – Information Sheets

This website offers guidelines to Australian schools in the area of Copyright. The link above will take you to their Information Sheets for schools. The site also has a menu dedicated to Educational resources which includes Copyright Teaching Resources.

HSC: All My Own Work – Board of Studies, NSW

This is a fantastic resource which is a series of modules designed to help senior school students with issues such as plagerism, copyright, working with others and acknowledging sources.

Teaching Copyright – Electronic Frontier Foundation

This website provides a curriculum for teachers to introduce students to copyright. It includes 5 x 60min lessons along with handouts and support documents.

Wikis, Blogs & Web 2.0 technology – University Copyright Office, The University of Melbourne

While this PDF explains the basics of Wikis and Blogs, it also addresses in more detail the issue of Web 2.0 technology with a focus on copyright.


And finally… infographic CC

By Foter [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons





  1. Thanks for this resource, Sacha. Copyright is one of the things I have made a note of to learn a bit more about. It is so complex, and as teacher-librarians we have to strive to adhere to standards in an exemplary way. I hope you will leave this up following the completion of the course, as I would appreciate taking advantage of it!


  2. I second Lizzy’s sentiments. Finding appropriate resources for the primary students is a little tricky and I really like the look of ‘Copyright Kids’. I would also like to return to this post once all is settled and calm again for me to learn more about copyright. Thanks for this post 🙂

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