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Who owns copyright in my assignments?

You do.


Works created by yourself are owned by you.


If you created a work collaboration with other students are staff, the copyright will be shared between all of you.

There are some exceptions to this in certain situations.


For more information please see the links below.

How do other people know that my work is protected by copyright?

Certain material is automatically protected by copyright under Australian law. There is no registration of copyright in Australia, and no formal procedures to go through.


Copyright gives its owner the legal right to take action if someone else uses their material without permission. Sometimes, criminal proceedings can also be brought.

There are many myths about how you can prove copyright ownership, which are unhelpful. There are, though, some things you can do that might help you to have relevant evidence for court.

In some circumstances, copyright owners can rely on presumptions that they own copyright, rather than having to prove ownership.

In addition to copyright, both technological protection measures and contractual terms can be used to limit other people’s ability to have access to or use copyright material.

Reference: Australian Copyright Council. Information Sheet G084v05 Protecting Your Copyright. Retrieved from


Creative Commons is another method used to licence your own work. Please go to Essential Information – Creative Commons for more information.


For more information about copyright protection please see the link below.

What are Moral Rights?

“Moral rights” are the rights individual creators have in relation to copyright works or films they have created.


Moral rights are separate from the “economic rights” of the copyright owner. The creator of a work, who holds moral rights, is not necessarily the owner of copyright in the work. Creators have three moral rights. These are the right:

  • to be attributed (or credited) for their work;
  • not to have their work falsely attributed; and
  • not to have their work treated in a derogatory way.


Key points

  • Moral rights are personal legal rights belonging to individual creators of copyright works and cannot be transferred, assigned or sold.
  • In relation to any one item of copyright material, the moral rights and copyright in the material may be held by different people.

Reference: Australian Copyright Council. Information Sheet G043v14 Moral Rights. Retrieved from


Moral Rights have the same duration as copyright.


For more information please see the following Australian Copyright Council Information sheet: