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PowerPoints and Lecture Recordings

You can include text, images, sound and film in PowerPoint presentations and lecture recordings. However, depending on the type and format of the material you are copying, conditions and limits may apply.

Resources copied under the Educational Licences must be restricted to UniSA staff and students, and the Copyright Notice should be displayed prior to the PowerPoint being opened (or as the first slide).

If you want to make your presentations available more broadly, then you will need to ensure any content you copy has been published under an open licensing scheme. For more information about open educational resources, please refer to Open licensing.

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All material communicated or placed online should display the Copyright Notice. To assist staff comply with the requirements of the Copyright Act, UniSA has made available a PowerPoint template which should be used by staff when creating PowerPoint presentations for use on-campus:

PowerPoint template with copyright notice (internal use only).

For more information, please contact Ask The Library.

Text extracts or short quotes

  • Normally limited to 1-2 pages (or 1% of the number of pages from a printed literary work of more than 200 pages).
  • 10% of the number of words from an unpaginated electronic literary work (e.g. blog, web page).
  • 1% of the number of pages from a paginated electronic literary work (e.g. PDF).

You may be able to copy more if the work you are quoting from has been made available under a Creative Commons licence or is in the public domain.

Artistic works (e.g. photographs, graphs, drawings, maps, designs, cartoons, diagrams, figures)

  • The whole of an artistic work in hardcopy form, if it is incidental to (i.e. accompanies or explains) the text being copied.
  • The whole of an artistic work in hardcopy form if it has not been separately published or cannot be obtained in a reasonable time and at an ordinary commercial price.
  • The whole of an artistic work published in electronic form, provided that access to that material is not governed by a contractual agreement or licence.


You may rely on the copying limits in the Educational Licence to use images from the internet in your teaching materials, provided that access to that material is not restricted by a contractual agreement or licence. If the website contains restrictions on downloading or copying of material, you must abide by these, or seek an exemption from the copyright owner.

Creative Commons Licensed Works

Creative Commons is a 'some rights reserved' licensing system allowing creators to release their works in less restrictive ways than those imposed by copyright legislation. Content made available under Creative Commons licences may be used in teaching materials.

For more information, please refer to the information published under Creative Commons.

Public domain or 'copyright free'

Many artistic works published on the web are promoted as being public domain or 'copyright free'. Before using these works, check the terms and conditions of the website making the images available, to make sure that the images are actually free for use.

Google Images

Artistic works found on Google are protected by copyright. Always check the copyright statements or terms and conditions of the website making the image available, to establish what uses are permissible

Watch this video for tips on finding Creative Commons licensed images through Google.

Guest lecturers may provide you with copies of their PowerPoint presentations. If you intend to make these PowerPoints available online, you need to ensure that:

  • any third party copyright material complies with the limits and requirements of UniSA's educational licences
  • if the lecturer owns the copyright, you obtain permission to use the presentation for teaching purposes.

For assistance with seeking permission , please contact Ask The Library.

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