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Copyright and course materials

Course material availability for remote teaching to students

  • The copyright extension license from CLNZ restricts copying to 10% of the material or one chapter.
  • The Library can provide to individual students digitised chapters or sections from print books or journals, including Short Loan material.
  • This copying is done under an exception in the Copyright Act and the request must come from the student.
  • Students based in New Zealand can make a request via the Library Catalogue.
  • Students based overseas can use the request a digitised chapter or article form.
  • The Library will process these requests and email the content directly to the student for their research or private study.
  • To assist students, lecturers should consider organising readings by chapter through Talis reading lists.

Talis reading lists

Continue to request items using Talis reading lists. This will prompt Libraries and Learning Services to source an electronic version. We suggest you set readings each week to spread the workload.

Familiarise yourself with the best use of Talis reading lists to enhance the student experience and promote engagement.

Images and diagrams

See Using images in class or on Canvas.

If you are scanning content including images and diagrams from hard copy textbooks and including these in powerpoints which are subsequently uploaded into Canvas, please complete a Talis digitisation request and upload the scan you have digitised – Digitisation for copyright compliance.

Copyright warning notice

Make sure you include a copyright warning notice with all third party content uploaded into Canvas, see Copyright warning notice.


Films can be shown and shared with students as per normal under the Screenrights Licence.

This means any content copied from the Internet or screen captured from OnDemand television or streaming services. This includes YouTube. Other content may be available on the TV and Radio broadcast database, eTV or Kanopy.

If you are wanting to use commercial DVDs in your teaching please discuss with the Copyright Officer, email

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