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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 for text and images (21KB PDF) is used.

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.


Need help?

UNSW staff and students can contact for assistance with a copyright query or to arrange a copyright information session.

Quick guides


Download a quick guide to copyright and teaching at UNSW (576KB PDF).

Copyright Warning Notice

The Copyright Warning Notice that is used for Statutory Licence copying and communication is available for text and images (21KB PDF) and broadcasts (21KB PDF).