This is a not-for-profit site, but that doesn’t mean my work is considered worthless either by me or the law.

Most of the writing on this site is intended to stimulate thought. It would be churlish to insist on refraining from using the material the way any fair-minded adult might choose to.

Plagiarism is, for the most part, an ugly word for flattery. I don’t see any problem with anyone adapting my ideas in their own work, or in an attributed quote.

A request to reproduce my work is likely to be granted where it’s for a non-profit purpose.

Conversely, however, using any part of my work to make money has to involve me or it’s theft. This includes charities, academic or educational institutions, and clubs or associations. I often write professionally, so it’s my bread and butter. Please don’t steal from me.

Site graphics are mostly my own work, but many illustrations and photos used were found online and did not include copyright messages precluding me from using them for non-profit purposes. If you see anything you think belongs to you, and you want me to remove it, just drop me a line.

The formal message

The position is set out rather nicely by the Australian copyright authority here.

The Australian Copyright Act 1968 allows 10% of the number of words on this website to be reproduced and/or communicated by any Australian educational institution for its educational purposes provided that the educational institution (or the body that administers it) has given a Notice to Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) under part VB of the Act.

For details of the CAL licence for educational institutions contact: Copyright Agency Limited Level 15, 233 Castlereagh Street Sydney NSW 2000 Telephone: +612 9394 7600 Facsimile: +612 9394 7601 E-mail:

Except as permitted under the Act (for example for the services of the Crown or in reliance on one of the fair dealing exceptions i.e. a fair dealing for the purposes of research or study) no part of this website may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, communicated or transmitted in any form or by any means without prior written permission. All inquiries should be made to the copyright owner at the email address included in the footer of this site.

Law varies across jurisdictions, but I suspect that you understand my capacity to pursue copyright infringements given the presence of this statement.

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