Licence makes online teaching stress-free


With many Australians staying home to help flatten the curve of COVID-19 infections, education institutions are mobilising to keep classes running as smoothly as possible.

Online teaching isn’t new, but many institutions are embracing it for the first time due to the public health crisis. Classes look very different today compared to a few months ago; it’s understandable that educators may have questions about what they can do, or are obligated to do, in relation to copyright.

Be assured that the Copyright Agency’s statutory education licence is broad and flexible, and enables effective online delivery of learning materials. For years the licence has allowed educators to spend their valuable time delivering high quality content, rather than seeking permission to do so; this has never been more important than in the current education landscape.

Licensees are telling us that the licence has been crucial in the transition to remote learning. Dr Michelle Cavaleri, Director of Academic Enhancement at Asia Pacific International College, says, “Our campuses have moved seamlessly and quickly to online learning thanks to the easy operation of the licence. All that is required is a common-sense approach to the content, and we are able to deliver quality educational material to our students wherever they may be located.”

We have updated our website with information about online teaching, in consultation with the Australian Society of Authors and Australian Publishers Association. The new webpage also contains information about reading stories online under the special arrangement for school storytimes, which was agreed upon by representatives of Australian authors, publishers and schools.

The coverage provided by the licence is invaluable during this ever-evolving situation. Students can access resources with minimal interruption, and educators can copy and communicate content without having to seek prior permission.

All of this serves to safeguard creators, both monetarily and legally, ensuring that they can continue to produce content that will benefit our education system both now and in the future.

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