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The Dictionary of Sydney brings together the intellectual property of a large number of contributors in an innovative way. All of the content you will find here has been provided to us by others and the Dictionary is not the copyright holder of much of the material appearing within the project. We have received permission to use, for our purposes, everything you find here. If you wish to use any of this content for your purposes (above and beyond normal personal use or uses permitted by copyright law such as ‘fair dealing’) you will need to make a direct request to the owner.


All articles (also known as entries) in the Dictionary of Sydney are newly commissioned texts from the listed authors and have been licensed to the Dictionary for its use, adaptation and integration into our project (present and future).

The copyright in each article lies with its listed author(s) who retains the right to license it commercially, publish elsewhere, adapt or otherwise exploit their rights as the copyright holder.  The Dictionary of Sydney has an Input Agreement for individual contributors providing written entries and for institutions providing, mostly, multimedia resources of various kinds.



The Input Agreement for individual authors includes three key points:

  • Authors keep copyright in their work.
  • Authors are responsible for ensuring that they do not submit material for which copyright clearance has not been obtained.
  • The Dictionary reserves the right to reformat material to take advantage of the possibilities of digital presentation. We will not, of course, do anything to alter the substantive meaning of an author’s words and authors will always be acknowledged.

Submitted work is edited and returned to authors for final acceptance. We also undertake document, picture, film and audio research. When the essay is reproduced online it will be presented with a range of images, maps, audio clips, reproduction of documents, reading lists, downloadable pdfs and so on. New possibilities may arise as the technology matures.

In many cases, authors also agree to license their work under Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike (version Au-2.5) (commonly referred to as CC-BY-SA). The Creative Commons licence describes the circumstances under which third parties may use articles without having to ask permission or pay fees. This is a voluntary licence and it encourages the wider dissemination and use of the information. Articles which are so licensed are clearly indicated by the CC-BY-SA logo next to the title. You can see the full details of the CC-BY-SA licence here.

In summary, this licence means that third parties are specifically allowed to copy, distribute and adapt the article provided that they attribute the original source, and that adaptations, such as translations, abridged versions or new articles based on the original, are made equally free for others to further adapt and re-use under the same CC-BY-SA licence.

If you would like to re-use article(s) in ways not permitted under this licence you need to contact the author(s) to gain specific permission. Text such as captions, subheadings, descriptions and blog posts are written in-house.


The Dictionary of Sydney has partnered with a wide range of public institutions, commercial companies and individuals to find and license multimedia items (images, video, audio) to associate with our articles. The Dictionary has sought and received specific permission to use each one of these items in the project.

If you wish to re-use this content you need to undertake your own copyright assessment and/or contact the listed provider (look for the Contributor and Creator information with the content record on the site). We have made best efforts to obtain permissions and show the correct attribution, citation and metadata for all material in the Dictionary but if you believe we have made a mistake or omission, please contact us.

In some circumstances we have used multimedia items which have been published elsewhere with one of the several Creative Commons licences available. We have indicated this fact within the metadata of the item.

If you would like to know more about the copyright status of such an item please check at the location where the item was first published. Attribution texts (metadata) are supplied by the provider of the multimedia items and are either their copyright or not copyrightable.


For information on copyright as it relates to the technology of the Dictionary (software, website design, model) please click here.