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Explaining aspects of copyright to be aware of when studying, lecturing or undertaking research. Please note that information on these pages is for guidance only: it does not constitute formal legal advice.

Copying from websites

Material on websites, although apparently "freely available", is subject to copyright restrictions too.

There is no specific guidance about how much of a website can legally be copied, so it is necessary to use judgement. Note that some websites do not allow any copying; information on what is permissible can be found in the 'Terms and Conditions' part of the website (or equivalent such as 'Terms of Use', 'Copyright' or 'About Us'). This does not preclude asking permission from the rightsholder.

Acknowledgement: see Cite them Right online (link below). The URL should be given in the acknowledgement of any material from websites, and also the date the webpage was accessed, as this provides an assurance that the website was there at a particular time, even if it has subsequently disappeared.

Image credit

'notebook computer' by plakboek (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) Accessed from Flickr 09/07/2015