Copyright: What do you want to do?

 Some basics: 

  • These pages are not legal advice.  We cannot accept any liability if we are wrong.
  • Copyright means respecting the rights of the person who wrote or created the thing you are copying. Please remember it might be your work being copied one day.
  • Always acknowledge the source of the material you copy from (or use) in anything you produce, to avoid plagiarism.  Read more on our referencing pages or see the University How to Study guide.
  • There are different laws for different types of media and the different ways of copying. Please follow the links in the left column to learn more.  If you are in doubt, ask your Academic Liaison Librarian.
  • There are legal limits to any copying or scanning. You are legally required to abide by these limits. 
  • If you are making a copy to earn money in any way, then you are almost certain to need permission to copy. This could be a conference here at Roehampton if it aims to make a profit.
  • Visually Impaired People (VIPS) and anyone whose disability makes it hard for them to hold printed pages or to focus on pages (but not people with dyslexia) can have many things copied in to different formats.  Please ask Student Services or your Academic Liaison Librarian for more information.
  • Please don’t ask staff to do something they are not allowed to do and respect them if they say they cannot.
  • If you don’t know what to do please email Sue Clegg and ask for advice.

For advice on what you can copy, please click one of the links to find the more detailed page

Much more detailed advice can be found at the UK Government Intellectual Property Office web site.

There is also very useful copyright guidance for online resources on the JISC web site which is targeted at teaching and research needs. The Copyright Tool Kit  and Digital Copyright with Confidence provide practical information and advice.

For advice on protecting your own copyright 

Read the University Intellectual Property Policy which sets out your rights as a student or employee.

If you want your work to be available to the wider community, but with limits on how it can be used, you could use a Creative Commons licence.


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