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Copyright at UNSW

Using artwork and images for teaching

Artwork and images include paintings, sculptures, photographs, digital images, patterns, maps, diagrams and technical drawings.

Use of artwork and images in presentation slides and on pages in learning management systems (i.e. Moodle) is allowed under the educational statutory licence of the Copyright Act 1968. Artistic works can be copied in entirety and must be cited correctly.  

If images are used in PowerPoint presentations shown in lectures, they can be included in the recorded lectures and made available on the LMS as long as it is cited properly, and the copyright warning notice is used (available in PDF format).

Moral rights and attribution

Attribute the work by providing enough information to identify the creator and the work e.g. author, title, publication year, source. 

What are the limits and conditions?


  • A whole or part of an artistic work that accompanies text (incidental artistic work) can be copied and communicated if it has not been separately published. 
  • For artistic works that have been separately published, the whole image can be used if it cannot be separately purchased at an ordinary commercial price within a reasonable time.
  • For images published online, the whole of the image may be copied.


  • Copying and communicating is done for educational purposes of the University
  • Limits are observed
  • Access is restricted to UNSW staff and students e.g. password protection
  • Digital copies display the Copyright Warning Notice (available in PDF format) 

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Copyright Warning Notice

The Copyright Warning Notice that is used for Statutory Licence copying and communication is available for text and images and broadcasts (PDF format).;