Higher degree by research (HDR) students are required to deposit an electronic copy of their thesis so that the Library can make it available online through TUA’s institutional repository. Students will retain copyright in the thesis.
If you have included material from other people's work in your thesis, before it can be made available online to the world, you will need to obtain the copyright owner's permission. Under Australian copyright law, there are provisions for 'a fair dealing for research or study' that apply to your own use of other people's copyright material in writing and submitting your thesis for examination. However, these provisions do not apply to the University when it makes your thesis available to the world on the web. This includes images, diagrams, graphs and even articles that you may have published along the way if you transferred your rights to a publisher. You must have owner permissions for any substantial parts of copyright material in the web version of your thesis. You are required to attach written evidence of permissions to your final thesis submission form.
The following is a useful guide for HDR students:
O'Brien, D. S., Fitzgerald, A. M., Fitzgerald, B. F., Kiel-Chisholm, S., Coates, J., Pappalardo, K., & Austin, A. (2007). Copyright Guide for Research Students: What you need to know about copyright before depositing your electronic thesis in an online repository. Retrieved from https://eprints.qut.edu.au/9994