Understanding copyright

Copyright is a legal right that gives copyright owners the right to control how their work is used. State Library of Queensland is committed to both the protection of creators’ rights, and to providing the greatest possible access to our collections.

Overview of Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Act 2017

Copyright Act

The recent Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Act 2017 introduces some of the most significant changes in Australian copyright law in over a decade. This video provides an overview of these changes.

For all enquiries:

Copyright enquiry form

Phone: 07 3840 7666

Fax:  07 3840 7873

State Library of Queensland
PO Box 3488, South Brisbane QLD 4101

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Group of children sitting on the grass reading books, 1900-1910, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, Neg. 127410

Copyright information for clients has been developed by the National and State Libraries of Australia (NSLA) to help you better understand how you may use or copy material that you find on State Library of Queensland’s website or in its collection.

Download the guide to discover:

  • What is copyright and who owns copyright?
  • When do I need permission to copy and re-use?
  • What are exceptions to the Copyright Act?
  • How do I find copyright owners?
  • Copying and re-using works with Indigenous cultural content
  • Useful links for more information
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Calvin Yougie studying maths at the Bloomfield River State School, Queensland, 2015, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, Image: 30201-0002-0012

The State Library of Queensland supports and encourages the distribution of material on our website and the broadest possible access and re-use of collections.

Material published on this website and our blogs, including text, images, audio visual content, is protected by copyright and, where applicable, moral and cultural rights.

All text published on this website is licensed using a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC-BY 4.0) licence. Under the terms of this licence you may distribute, remix and build upon the text from the site, but you must attribute State Library of Queensland as the source of the information.

You may use all other material on the State Library website for the purposes of private study, research, and criticism and review without permission. This material may not be used however, for any commercial purpose whatsoever without written permission of the copyright holder.

We ask that you acknowledge State Library of Queensland when you use material from our website.

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Celest Corowa using a computer inside the Mackay and District Australian South Sea Islander Association office, Queensland, 2000, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Image: 28873-0001-0023

Many of State Library’s digitised photographs and other digitised collections are out of copyright, so you can print, copy or download them without asking permission.

You may not print, download or copy collection material that is still in copyright without first obtaining permission from the copyright holder, unless allowed by exceptions in the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth.).

See the Copyright information for clients guide for more information about exceptions. Note that special requirements may apply to material that is culturally sensitive.

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Passengers on the Jundah Mail Transport by Cobb & Co., Longreach, Queensland, ca. 1920, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Neg. 64017

When using digitised content from the collection we ask that you acknowledge the State Library in the following way:

Photographs: John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Neg or Image No: xxxxxx

Other material: Title. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

If you are using digitised content we also ask that you provide a link back to the image in our collection in your acknowledgement:

John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Neg or Image No: xxxxxx. http://hdl.handle.net/xxxxx/xxxxx/xxxxxx

Titles, negative or image numbers and the links to digital items appear in the catalogue record in One Search.

Use of eresources is governed by licence agreements between vendors or publishers and the State Library of Queensland. You must comply with the terms and conditions of the licences.

Some eresources allow use for business, commercial or work-related purposes, including classroom teaching, but other eresources are limited to use for private research and study purposes, and only by residents of Queensland.

A link to the One Search catalogue but not to individual eresources may be placed on a school website. Users must be individually registered library members and use is not transferable to others.

A limited amount of copying or reproducing of material from eresources is usually permitted for private research and study purposes. Please check the terms and conditions of individual eresources before use.

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Illustrated front cover from The Queenslander, November 12, 1936, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, Image 702692-19361112-s001b

Images from the State Library of Queensland’s collection that are part of The Commons on Flickr are marked ‘no known copyright restrictions’. This indicates that the State Library is not aware of any current copyright restrictions on these works. The term of copyright may have expired, or no evidence may have been found that copyright restrictions apply.

Images shared on The Commons are for personal research and enjoyment. State Library does not guarantee that use of the images will not infringe upon the rights of third parties, as yet unknown, who may own rights to these works. It is the user’s responsibility to determine and satisfy copyright and other use restrictions that may apply to these works.

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Group photograph of authors and presenters at the Queensland Literary Awards ceremony held in Auditorium 1 at State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane, Queensland, 8 December 2014. SLQ, Image: 29709-0001-0049

Cover images of books and other publications in the One Search catalogue are either digital items in the collection or provided via an external link to Syndetic Solutions, a catalogue enrichment service provided by Bowker. Cover images of digitised items in the collections may be used according to the exceptions in the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth.). See the Copyright information for clients guide for more information about exceptions.

All rights in images provided via Syndetic Solutions are reserved by the original copyright owners. You may however, copy or use cover images for personal, reference, scholarly, educational or other non-commercial purposes. For all other uses you must contact the copyright owner for permission. Contact Syndetic Solutions for assistance.