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To provide a framework through which Monash University staff, students and other authorised users will comply with copyright law in the applicable jurisdiction and will comply with any other binding obligations governing use of copyright material.


All campuses
All staff, students and other authorised users

Policy Statement

Monash University respects copyright and the rights of copyright holders under copyright law.

Monash University values innovation in teaching and research and supports the lawful use of copyright material for these purposes.

Copyright compliance is the responsibility of each individual staff member, student or other authorised user.  Staff and students may access detailed advice and guidelines about copyright on the University Copyright website.

All staff, students and other authorised users must take reasonable steps to ensure that their activities comply with copyright law and any other binding obligations governing use of copyright material and must take all reasonable efforts to uphold the University's own intellectual property rights including copyright.

Staff, students and other authorised users must not knowingly expose the University to the risk of copyright infringement.

Intentional misuse of copyright works (whether third party or University-owned) by staff, including acts which authorise others to infringe copyright, will contravene the University's conditions of employment and the University may commence disciplinary proceedings.

Students must not knowingly infringe copyright of third parties or the University, or authorise others to infringe copyright; such acts will contravene Part 7 of the Monash University (Council) Regulations, and the University may commence disciplinary proceedings.

Where the risk of copyright infringement is unclear or disputed, students, staff and other authorised users must seek advice in accordance with the Copyright Compliance Procedures (Australia only).

The University will maintain appropriate compliance structures to support its commitment to respect copyright laws.

Supporting procedures

Copyright Compliance Procedures for Australian Campuses
Copyright Compliance:  Take-down Procedures for Copyright Infringements (Australia only)

Supporting guidelines


Responsibility for implementation

Heads of Schools/Departments and Centres
Heads of Divisions/Organisational Units
University Librarian
Senior Vice-Provost and Vice-Provost (Research)
Vice-Provost (Graduate Education)
Vice-Provost (Learning and Teaching)



Key Stakeholders

Office of the General Counsel
Copyright Advisory Group (CoAG)
University Copyright Compliance Officer
Vice-Provost (Graduate Education)
Senior Vice-Provost and Vice-Provost (Research)
Vice-Provost (Learning and Teaching)
Pro Vice-Chancellor and President (Malaysia)
Academic President (Monash South Africa)

Approval body

Name: Academic Board
Meeting: 1/2015
Date: 25-February-2015
Agenda item: 12.1

Endorsement body

Name: Learning and Teaching Committee
Meeting: 8/2014
Date: 16-December-2014
Agenda item: tbc


Authorised users: All people authorised to use the ICT Facilities and Services for any purpose, including but not limited to students, staff, visitors to the University, members of partner organisations, staff of any entity/company in which Monash has an interest, honorary and adjunct appointees, contractors, alumni and users accessing via a federated access pathway.

Legislation Mandating Compliance

All relevant legislative instruments that stipulate requirements with which members of the Monash community (all of whom are subject to the law) are obligated to comply.

Copyright Act 1968 (Australia)
Copyright Act, 1978 (South Africa)
Copyright Act 1987 (Malaysia)
Copyright Law of the People's Republic of China 2010
Copyright Act 1957 (India)
Law No. 633 of April 22, 1941, for the Protection of Copyright and Neighboring Rights Italy (amended May 26, 1997)
Copyright Regulations 1969
Monash University Statute
Monash University (Vice-Chancellor) Regulations
Part 7 of the Monash University (Council) Regulations

Related policies

Access to Monash Courseware Policy
IT Use Policy - Staff and other Authorised Users
Acceptable Use of Information Technology Facilities by Students Policy
Sanctions Compliance Policy
Social Media Policy

Related documents

Intellectual Property Framework
Monash University Student Charter

Date Effective


Review Date



Chair, Copyright Advisory Group/University Copyright Compliance Officer


University Copyright Compliance Officer

Content Enquiries

University Copyright Adviser

University Policy Use

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