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Copyright in the classroom

The following sections summarise what teachers are allowed to do under copyright legislation. Remember that some of these rights can be extended by your school obtaining copyright licences.

Material subject to copyright is called 'a work'. For a list of the terms for 'works' used in the Copyright Act and the types of material they cover, see What is copyright?

An information sheet from the Copyright Council of New Zealand outlines who can do what legally when using copyright material in the educational sector.

A Permitted Use Table on page 4 of the information sheet that can be downloaded from Copyright use in the education sector summarises the permitted uses under the Copyright Act that are relevant to the education sector.

The different types of copyright works are grouped as follows, each with a definition, a list of copying permissions and exceptions, and available licences.