"Commercial Use" can be any activity that is:
- conducted externally of the VU premises or network, or
- not part of a Victoria University higher education or TAFE course, or
- not part of a Victoria University student/staff research or study, or
- conducted for a profit.
The following are examples of "commercial" activities:
- University promotion and marketing (for example print, radio or TV Media)
- University administration (for example internal newsletters)
- any activity that makes a profit (for example publishing a book or a profit making event).
Teaching, research and study are examples of "non commercial" activities.
What can I copy?
If your activity is commercial, you cannot rely on VU's Educational or Statutory Licences or the Copyright Act's Fair Dealing exceptions.
If your commercial material contains third party material, you'll need to get the permission from the copyright owner.
For example, if your VU marketing poster contains a photograph you downloaded from the internet, then you'll need to gain permission from the copyright owner of that photograph unless it is out of copyright or in the public domain.
What can I copy without permission?
There are several options available that don't require the copyright holder's permission:
- you can copy an insubstantial portion
- you can use material protected by a suitable Creative Commons licence
- you can use material that is owned by VU
- you can use material that is no longer protected by copyright.
If the third party material is protected by copyright, and you need to use it as part of your commercial activity (as defined above), then you may seek copyright permission from the copyright holder.
For assistance with permission requests contact VU’s Copyright Officer on [email protected] or by phone on +61 3 9919 5958.