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Copyright at UNSW


UNSWorks is the UNSW Open Access institutional repository which enables UNSW researchers to make their research outputs freely available and accessible.

Unless otherwise stated, materials deposited in UNSWorks are protected by the Copyright Act 1968 and are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives Licence (CC BY-NC-ND). This licence permits the use of the material subject to the following conditions:

  • attribution - give appropriate credit and provide a link to the licence
  • non-commercial - the material may not be used for commercial purposes
  • no derivatives - the material cannot be distributed if it has been remixed, transformed, or built upon

Depositing materials in UNSWorks

If you are an author/creator who is uploading your own publication to UNSWorks via ROS, you will be prompted to select a licence agreement before you can submit the publication.

The author/creator licences available are:

If you are uploading a publication to UNSWorks via UNSWorks Institutional Repository Research Publication cover page, ensure the permission covers the planned use.

Removing materials from UNSWorks

In 2015, the UNSW Library commenced an ambitious project to improve access to 60 years of higher degree research at UNSW. Theses that were previously available only in print are being digitised and made publicly available through UNSWorks.

The Library endeavoured to contact the authors and copyright owners of the theses involved to provide them with the opportunity to opt out. If your thesis was a part of this project and you wish for it to be removed from UNSWorks, use the copyright takedown request form to contact UNSW and request removal.

If your thesis was deposited in UNSWorks as a requirement for your degree, contact the Graduate research school for UNSW Sydney students or the Research student unit for UNSW Canberra students for any queries regarding removing the thesis from UNSWorks.

Copyright infringement

When authors deposit works into UNSWorks, they declare that they have the authority to do so. They also warrant that they have removed any third-party materials for which they have not received the appropriate licence or permission to use.

UNSW neither endorses nor accepts the claims of depositors regarding copyright, licences, or suitability of the content of works for publication.

If there is any content in UNSWorks that you reasonably believe to be infringing your copyright, use the copyright takedown request form to contact UNSW. The content will be taken down while the claim is investigated.

For more information on publishing materials using an open access licence or self-archiving, please see:

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For other queries, please contact your Outreach Librarian.