8 Understanding Educational Statutory Licences (an Australian Context)

What is a statutory licence?

Statutory licences allow educational institutions such as universities to copy limited amounts of copyright material for educational purposes. Statutory licences are not open. Universities pay for the licences and are bound by strict conditions on the scope and use of third-party copyright material.

The agreements and licences

Universities Australia manages agreements with the Copyright Agency and Screenrights on behalf of its member universities. These agreements are negotiated and maintained in accordance with the statutory licence detailed in section 113P of the Copyright Act 1968.

Universities Australia also assists in appointing the independent monitoring body that collects usage data associated with the statutory licence. This collection facilitates accurate distribution of royalties to copyright owners by collecting societies. [1]

  1. Universities Australia (n.d.) Policy & Submissions: Copyright. https://www.universitiesaustralia.edu.au/policy-submissions/copyright/ CC BY 4.0


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