Copyright and Northern Territory Library Content

How to copy and re-use content from the Northern Territory Library Collections 

This information on copyright does not constitute legal advice. Rather it is intended to provide information and guidance on copyright and copying material in library collections. The client shall indemnify the Northern Territory Library against any action taken by the copyright owner(s) against Northern Territory Library arising in any way whatsoever from the publication of or use of materials by or on behalf of the client where the client has not sought copyright clearance.

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Northern Territory Library is committed to providing the greatest possible access to material in our collections to support creativity, innovation and the development of new knowledge through research. You are welcome to copy and re-use material from the Library’s collections provided you meet the requirements of the Australian Copyright Act 1968 and any copyright amendments, and any special requirements that may apply to material that is rare, unique or culturally sensitive.

Where material is protected by copyright and, where applicable, moral and cultural rights, it is the responsibility of the client to obtain copyright and cultural clearance, where necessary. 

The Copyright Information Guide for Library Users provides a guide to copyright in library collections.

Copyright owned by the Northern Territory Library

Material published in our digital library, Territory Stories, including information, text, images, sound and audio visual material, is protected by copyright and, where applicable, moral and cultural rights. Many donors generously assign copyright in this material to the Northern Territory Library. When using material from Territory Stories we ask that you acknowledge the Northern Territory Library.  


Acknowledgement should include the title, creator and copyright holder of the work, and the phrase Northern Territory Library, followed by the Collection name and the Library’s unique identifying number e.g. Northern Territory Library, Murry and Grace Colling Collection, PH0861/0138. 

If you are using an image online we also ask that you provide a link back to the image in our collection. 

If you use or adapt our material either online or in another published format, we would love to hear from you on social media using the tag #madewithNTL

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Material in the Public Domain

Our digital library holds material that is no longer restricted by copyright.  For example any photographs taken before 1955 are free of known copyright restrictions are said to be in the public domain. 

The copyright law is very complex and constantly evolving.  Where we have been able to identify that an item is in the public domain, it is labelled with a Public Domain Mark.  The Public Domain Mark enables works that are no longer restricted by copyright to be marked as such in a standard and simple way, making them easily discoverable and available to others. The Public Domain Mark operates as a tag or a label, allowing cultural institutions as well as others with such knowledge to communicate that a work is no longer restricted by copyright and can be freely used by others.  

If an item in our digital library has a Public Domain Mark you are free to copy, use and adapt the material.   We would appreciate you providing an acknowledgement for Public Domain material.