What do I need to know about copyright?

In order to reproduce material beyond the limits of the Copyright Act of 1994, Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology has entered into a number of licences. Details of these licences are listed below.

Copyright Licensing New Zealand

This licence enables teaching staff employed at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology to make multiple copies of material from books or periodicals, for inclusion in course packs for students enrolled at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology. The following is permitted:

  • Up to 10% or one chapter of a work, whichever is the greater
  • Up to 15 pages of a single work in a collection of works
  • Up to 1 article from a periodical publication, additional articles if they are on the same subject
  • An artistic work (such as an illustration) published in a work.

Staff have a legal and ethical obligation to ensure that all copied material is fully and accurately cited and referenced.


A Screenrights licence allows staff to copy and use any broadcast from radio and television for educational purposes. Read more at Take advantage of the free alert service which details the forthcoming educational television broadcasts - simply send them an e-mail.

Print Media Copyright Agency (PMCA)

Under the terms of this licence staff and students are able to photocopy from New Zealand newspapers and certain magazines.

ITP Music Licence

This licence allows staff and students to use music for teaching, learning and research. It includes adding music to PowerPoint presentations or videos. Any teaching material or student work with music added can only be posted on password protected secure network such as Moodle. Public posting of the work on YouTube or similar is not permitted. Copying of sheet music is not included in the licence. For more information see the ITP Music Licence brochure.

For more information about copyright contact Lee Rowe at Ako Atea or Dean Ellery in the Copy Centre 

Using Images Legally

When using an image from the internet, it is important to establish who owns the copyright. If it has been uploaded illegally, then using the material is also illegal. If an owner can be established, permission must be sought to reuse that material. If permission is obtained, “reprinted with permission” needs to be added after the citation. If the owner cannot be established, please find an alternative image that creators have made available for reuse.

Creative Commons licences allow for copyright works to be reused by others. There are over 700 million works available under Creative Commons licences. With a Creative Commons licence works can be shared, remixed and reused legally.

More information at Creative Commons

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