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Accellier is the trading name of SAVE Training Pty Ltd and is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO 32395) that offers a range of nationally recognised courses in education and business Australia wide through our online and face to face courses.

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Copyright Padlock

Copyright is a tricky topic with lots of grey areas between “what usually happens” and what’s actually allowed.

Our official stance on using copyrighted material in courses such as VET RTO/TAFE courses or universities is if in doubt, leave it out.

The Education Copyright Licence in Australia

The Education Copyright Licence may allow all staff at an RTO, TAFE, University or similar to copy and communicate copyright works for educational purposes, from any source from anywhere in the world, without having to seek permission prior to use.

Can I embed Youtube (and other hosting service) videos in my e-learning course?

It’s an interesting question and for a simple answer, fall back on the above rule-of-thumb; no.

Searching online however can give you some conflicting information. The thing you will often see is that embedding the Youtube player in your site is nothing more than a hyperlink. Just a link. You are not downloading that video, then uploading it and hosting on your own service.

It turns out that it has even been tested in court (at least in a couple of cases in the US) that linking in this way was not deemed copyright infringement.

According to Youtube’s terms, it appears you may be able to embed a Youtube video in your course, if your course is non-commercial.

You may view or listen to Content for your personal, non-commercial use. You may also show YouTube videos through the embeddable YouTube player.Youtube's terms

The fact that it says “your personal […] use” still makes this a little uncertain.

Erring on the side of caution is better. Most of us would prefer to be providing great learning experiences than testing legal grey areas in lengthy, costly court cases.


Getting permission

Some copyright holders may be happy to give you written permission to use their content.

When it comes to Youtube in particular, they point out the following on their support pages (Links to an external site.):

“If you plan to include copyright-protected material in your video, you’ll generally need to seek permission to do so first. YouTube can’t grant you these rights and we can’t help you find the parties who can grant them to you. You’ll have to research and handle this process on your own or with a lawyer’s help.

For example, YouTube cannot grant you the rights to use content that has already been uploaded to the site. If you wish to use someone else’s YouTube video, you may want to reach out to them directly. Some creators list ways they can be contacted in their channel. Learn more about how to get in touch with others here.”


Free Images

Unsplash.com (Links to an external site.)

All photos published on Unsplash can be used for free. You may use them for commercial and noncommercial purposes. According to Unsplash “You do not need to ask permission from or provide credit to the photographer or Unsplash, although it is appreciated when possible.”

Google Images Labelled for Reuse

Google images has a feature to filter by images that are labelled as having a license for reuse:

Image showing how to search for images that are labelled for reuse on Google Image Search


Before reusing Google Images content, make sure that its license is legitimate. Check the exact terms of reuse. For example, the license might require that you give credit to the image creator when you use the image.

Grey areas of copyright

Be aware of the differences between Australian copyright law and overseas law. The US for example has a “fair use” element to their law that Australia does not. In the US, as far as I’m aware, it may be acceptable to use a small portion of copyright material for things like satire and education.

The Australian Copyright Agency’s position on the US’ fair use system is that it is not fair.


What about as a student of a TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment course?

As an education institute, Accellier pay an annual fee for a special educational license to use certain amounts of copyrighted material. If you’re a trainer, it is likely that any RTO you work for will do the same.

If you’re a student doing your Cert IV in Training and Assessment, certain units you’re assessed on imply that you should adhere to copyright legal requirements.

This is because you need to demonstrate knowledge of “relevant policies, legal requirements, codes of practice and national standards, including commonwealth and state or territory legislation, that may affect training and assessment in the VET sector.” In short, this includes complying with copyright law.

As most RTOs will hold the education license for copyright, so long as rights, responsibilities, policies, procedures and usage restrictions are confirmed, TAE students are likely to be able to use certain amounts of copyrighted material in presentations and the like.

Again, we remind you of the rule of thumb, “if in doubt, leave it out.”

More info

The Australian Copyright Council has a range of fact sheets and useful Q&A on their website.


Learn Copyright in Accellier’s TAE40116 Cert IV TAE and TAEDEL501 Facilitate E-Learning courses

Graduates of our programs become confident and competent in navigating things like copyright in their courses. If you’d like to enquire about doing one of these courses with us, reach out below.

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