As a student of the University of Western Australia, you own the copyright in your thesis and have exclusive rights including:
As the author of the thesis the copyright remains with you until you transfer it to another party such as a commercial publisher. Archiving a thesis in the UWA Profiles and Research Repository does not affect your ownership of the copyright; in fact, it can help to protect your rights as:
You can take action if there is an infringement of your copyright. You need to make a written approach to the person or organisation in breach and advise them of the issue. Usually there will be a satisfactory response such as taking the material down from a website. However, if they do not rectify the situation, and you are sure they are in breach of copyright, you can take legal action. It is recommended that you seek independent legal advice before pursuing this option.