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What can I do?

If you want to copy text such as a novel, textbook, poem, song lyrics, newspaper article, computer software, computer game or directory, you probably need permission.

If you are only using a very short quote (such as one sentence, or one line from a song) you may not need to get permission, but you should always include the name of the author, the title of the work, the page number on which it appeared, the name of the book, newspaper or magazine in which it was published and the publication date. For example:

It looked as if it was just going to be another game, much the same as last week. Today was turning out much the same, until that tackle…

‘Harry Burr, ‘Down But Not Out’, p. 65, Mildura News, 5 September 2006’.

If you are copying the work as part of your homework or for a class assignment, you often won’t need to get permission, but if you want to use the work in other ways, for instance, by entering the work into a competition or exhibiting your work publicly (such as on the internet), you will need to get permission from the copyright owner.