Don’t introduce laws that will prevent students from publishing work they legally own

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In reaction to recently exposed cheating websites, the Australian government is proposing to make it an offence to provide or offer 'cheating services' to uni students. These new offences are punishable with up to two years imprisonment (equal to that of common assault) and/or $210,000 in fines but may also inadvertently make student publishing and other legitimate educational tools illegal. 

If the draft law is passed in its current form, it will restrict students from distributing or publishing work they legally own and will infringe on the legal rights that are granted to all authors of work:

1) The right to make work public

2) The right to benefit economically from the work's creation

Publishing of student created work has long been common practice at university and students often publish research papers, subject notes and other past work online. Sharing of research is essential to the development of knowledge and students should continue to have the right to publish their past work!

We need your help to let the Hon. Dan Tehan MP (Minister for Education)  know the impacts this broad drafting will have on students who have chosen to licence the economic rights in past work they own and propose an exemption that specifically considers the rights of student authors in higher education.

What we have done: We have launched the ‘Right to Publish’ campaign to defend the legal right students have to publish and benefit economically from their university work. The campaign can be accessed at www.rtp.org.au 

Who we are: The Responsible Student Publishers Association seeks to support the rights of students to publish work they create at university. Every year, thousands of Australian students choose to exploit copyright in the work they create during their studies and the association acts as a representative body for these students.