Terms of Use ~ Our Content

What is Copyright?

Copyright is automatic ownership granted by international law to creators of original work, such as art, literature, music, photography, etc.

Copyright automatically applies to written and artistic works from the moment they’re created. A content creator doesn’t have to ‘do’ anything to obtain copyright.

Read more about copyright – especially myths about it – at this website

Reusing our content


NewcastleOnHunter grants permission to reprint articles under the CC licence with attribution (such as “Reprinted with permission from…” or “The original article appeared at… ”NewcastleOnHunter.com ~ and a clearly marked link back to either the original or to our home page.

An exception to reprints are press releases from non-government sources, or already reprinted items, such as those from The Conversation, who require both attribution and additional code embedded in the article as specified in their terms of use.


NewcastleOnHunter grants permission to reuse images on this website that are not already attributed to another organisation in the caption or by watermark.

Images not attributed by watermark are generic images from sources such as Pixabay. Images appearing in council and utility stories are almost always copyright that organisation (usually stated in the caption) and will rarely carry a watermark.

Be careful in selecting images, especially those pertaining to council or port operations for example, which were supplied for explicit use in their press releases.

Our reusable images contain ‘Newcastle on Hunter’ or “Graffiti Junction” watermarks, and/or the ‘NewcastleOnHunter incorporating a Creative Commons’ logo:



  1. If an image is used in your article, attribute the NewcastleOnHunter website, with a link where practicable.
  2. Image reuse to illustrate paid articles is allowed, with attribution
  3. IMAGE REUSE IS NOT ALLOWED within commercial art or advertisements. This applies ESPECIALLY to images of murals and street art, whose photographed work remains copyright of the artist.
  4. Social media reuse by for-profit news organisations is permissible if the full photograph is used to retain the watermark.
  5. Share-alike. That is, you can change and adapt (remix) and others can remix your remix of our content. But the attribution and non-commercial requirement applies down the chain.
  6. On occasions we have seen our images used with the watermark cropped out. That is somewhat acceptable, under these terms, but, well… Therefore, if you wish to reuse a watermarked image for a book or documentary, upon request we can supply you with an unmarked original, and in higher resolution if required.
  7. You should mark your re-use or remix of our images with the licence:

Creative Commons License

This licence is explained in detail here: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Flow Chart

Creative Commons Australia has a flow chart that explains far better than words how to license one’s work. It also clearly shows what our licence of choice (just above) allows you to do.

View or download the PDF document from here.

* Unattributed and watermark-free images in news items are frequently generic licence-free downloads from websites such as Pixabay