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Copyright - the basics

Copyright is an important and complex area and it is essential that we, in higher education, understand  the basics to ensure that we do not infringe copyright law when creating and disseminating print and electronic copies of materials.

What is copyright?
Who owns copyright?
Exceptions to copyright
What is Fair dealing?
Copyright exceptions for students and staff with disabilities
How long does copyright last?
Requesting permission
Using images
Disclaimer: Although the University has a responsibility to ensure staff and students are aware of copyright law, it remains the responsibility of the person making the copy to ensure that they do not infringe copyright. The information on this guide is intended as a general guideline of current copyright issues.  It is not intended to be legal advice.   The Copyright Licensing Co-ordinators for the University are based in Legal and Governance Services.