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What is "fair dealing"?

The fair dealing provisions of the Australian Copyright Act permit you to use in-copyright material if it is:

  • a portion of textual material, usually 10% or 1 chapter or 1 article, for research or study; or
  • for criticism, review, parody, satire, reporting the news or for seeking advice from a lawyer.
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Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and other First Nations people are advised that this catalogue contains names, recordings and images of deceased people and other content that may be culturally sensitive. Please also be aware that you may see certain words or descriptions in this catalogue which reflect the author’s attitude or that of the period in which the item was created and may now be considered offensive.