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Copyright

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.

Do's

Important: Please check further information in this Guide if you are uncertain.

Do:

  • Make scans of chapters/extracts/articles available via Reading Lists if:
    • Publication is covered by CLA licence
    • Library owns a copy of publication, or a copy of the excerpt rom another library (for which a fee must be paid)
    • No more than 10% or one chapter (whichever greater) is used in a course
  • Make scans of textual material available on Moodle if:
    • You have permission, you own the copyright or it is out of copyright
    • It is a newspaper covered by the NLA licence
    • It is an insubstantial amount used for illustration or criticism and review
  • Make digital copies from newspaper websites available on Moodle (except FT)
  • Use an excerpt of a film or sound recording in a lecture
  • Use images if:
  • Acknowledge everything you use unless not reasonably practicable (but be certain that it isn’t!).

Don'ts

Don’t:

  • Make textual material available on Moodle if
    • The source publication is covered by the CLA licence (use Reading Lists)
    • We have electronic access (provide a link)
    • The material is from a website (provide a link)
  • Or unless:
    • You have permission, you own the copyright or it is out of copyright
    • It is an insubstantial amount used for illustration or criticism and review
  • Make an entire film or sound recording available on Moodle (see if it is available to be linked to from one of our resources such as Naxos Music Library or Box of Broadcasts, or obtain permission from rightsholder)
  • Make standalone images (i.e., not included in a published item such as a book or journal article)  available without permission from rightsholder
  • Make any ERA licensed broadcast material available overseas