Copyright Requirements

Copyright compliance forms part of the scholarly citizenship segment of the judging criteria. All content included in your entry must be copyright compliant and conform to the guidelines below. 

Any type of material that meets the guidelines for compliance can be used. These may include:

  • Visual: photographs, charts, graphs, animations, sketches, cartoons, etc.

  • Audio: music, sound effects, narrative voiceovers, etc.

Submissions can include:


1. Original works

  • All original material created by the entrant can be used in the submitted entry.  

  • All original works must be cited appropriately.

  • If entrants are collaborating or working as a part of a research team, they must consult with their supervisor to discuss their entry in the competition.


2. Creative Commons licensed material

  • All Creative Commons works can be used except for those with a Share-alike (SA) or Noncommercial (NC) licence.

  • Creative Commons works with No Derivatives (ND) can be used so long as the work has not been modified.

  • All Creative Commons works must be cited appropriately and must include licensing information and the URL where the work was sourced.

3. Public Domain works

  • Public Domain works are materials which are not protected by copyright and other intellectual property laws.  

  • All public domain works must be cited appropriately and must include the URL where the work was sourced.

4. Material under license or with permission

  • Works created using licensed software may be used as long as the terms and conditions of using the software allows for the work to be included as part of the entry into the competition.

  • Works used with permission must be documented in writing.

  • All works used under licence or with permission must be cited appropriately and must include information about the grant of permission or license, e.g. “Photograph used with permission from Joe Bloggs” or “Used under license”.  

Important: All materials used in the entry must be cited, regardless of source. If you are using material under licence, or with permissions, make sure to include details in your references. 

Confused by copyright? Have a look at the short, VYT-specific copyright videos available at

The sample reference slide in the PowerPoint template contains examples of citations for different media and source types, and content created under licence conditions, sourced from the open access sites, created in third-party tools, etc. 


The material presented on this site is provided for the express purpose of the Visualise Your Thesis (VYT) competition conducted by The University of Hong Kong. All copyright in text, data, images, audio, video and other such material on the site is protected by copyright held by The University of Melbourne and is made available for use by The University of Hong Kong and competition entrants. In using the VYT competition materials you agree that you must not reproduce, distribute, modify, transmit, reuse or adapt the material contained in this site without the prior written permission of The University of Melbourne.


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