Copyright law provides protection for creators of certain forms of media against the unauthorised use of their material. In Australia the use of copyright material in such things as books, journals, computer programs, photographs, music, films or websites is governed by the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth).
As a researcher you will need to use other people's copyright material in your own work. As you do this you need to make sure you comply with copyright law. The following provide some basic guidelines you need to consider:
Understanding copyright is the first step to ensuring you do not infringe it. The OAKLaw Project Copyright Guide for Research Students provides more information about copyright and will assist you from the beginning of your research project.