Limits apply to copying and communicating literary works as electronic copies and physical handouts to enrolled students in units. All electronic copies must be provided to students via a Reading List. The limits for copying unlicensed works are:

  • 10% of the total number of pages or one chapter (whichever is greater)
  • 10% of the total number of words/bars where a work is not paginated
  • The 10% does not have to be consecutive - it can be made up from different sections of the work
  • Insubstantial portions can be freely used but still require a citation

Electronic resources from the Library have different copying limits because they are licenced to Deakin. It is rarely necessary to copy these resources because they are permanently online on the publisher website.

I need more than the allowable limit

You can have more if the content is out of copyright, out of print, unavailable for purchase or if you contact the Copyright Office to arrange for permission.

  • See if an e-version of the book or journal can be purchased so you can link to it
  • Consider how essential the content is
  • Prioritise the content you want from one work - use 10% or one chapter from the most essential sections of the work, then look for the rest elsewhere