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Creative and practice-based research

Information providing guidance on resources and techniques to searching the literature and writing for creative and practice-based research.

Fair Dealing - Research and Study

Students or researchers are able to rely upon using a ‘reasonable portion' of copyright works for research purposes.

The Copyright Act states that a reasonable portion under the fair dealing provisions is 10% or one chapter of a book, or one article from an issue of a journal.

If the material you want to reproduce is in digital format, then you can copy 10% of the number of words or one chapter if the work is clearly divided into chapters. For artistic works, film/video, and sound recordings there is no simple rule as to how much you can copy for research and study purposes.

As a closed provision, the research and study provision can only be relied on while enrolled as a student or undertaking research. Once your research or studies have been completed, you will need permission for any copyright works if the research output is published publicly.

For presentations such as at the Practice-Based Symposium (PRS), the research and study fair dealing provision can be relied on. For abstracts and images to be included on the PRS website or other publications related to the PRS, an intellectual property (IP) consent form will need to be completed. A reminder to complete the attribution/credit section.     

Using Images or Photographs

You can include images, figures, diagrams, or photographs into your exegesis (or thesis) under the research and study provision of the Copyright Act.

If you want to publish your exegesis (or thesis) including in the RMIT research repository, you will need to seek permission for the use of copyright images, figures, diagrams or photographs or you will need to remove them and include the following statement:

<image/figure/diagram/photograph removed due to copyright restrictions>.

When publishing your research publicly via a research output such as an article or book chapter or via a presentation and including a copyrighted image, figure, diagram or photograph, you will need to seek permission to use it or you will need to remove it and insert the above statement.

Alternatively, you can search and use images that are available under a creative commons licence.  

More information


Check out this 2017 presentation (40 mins) on copyright by Anne Lennox (former copyright officer).