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The copyright of the thesis or dissertation belongs to the ..
Copyright is the sole and exclusive right of a copyright owner to produce, reproduce, perform, publish, adapt, translate and telecommunicate (e.g., post on the internet, email, etc.) a work, and to control the circumstances in which others may do any of these things.
Copyright and Thesis/Dissertation, Part II | UTA Libraries
Australia does not have a system of copyright registration. Your thesis will be protected by copyright from the moment it is placed in a material form, that is, written down or typed into a computer.
As a student of the University of Sydney, you will own the copyright in your thesis and so will have a number of exclusive rights including:
Copyright protection exists from the moment a work is created in fixedor tangibleform, and authors automatically hold the copyright to their material (authors may thereafter transfer their rights to other parties, as they commonly do in publishing contracts). Protection, however, exists only for the particular expression of ideas, not for the ideas themselves, so only verbatim use of copyrighted material need be cleared. Yet authors are free to quote even verbatim small amounts of copyrighted published material under the doctrine of fair use.The copyright of the thesis or dissertation belongs to the student. Works are automatically copyrighted at the point of creation. If parts of a work have already been published and copyright was transferred to the publisher the copyright of those parts would remain with the publisher.