The Copyright Clearance Service based in Libraries and Learning Innovation offers guidance for staff and students who wish to use copyright protected works.
Copyright protects original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works, as well as layouts of published works, computer programs and databases, sound recordings, film and broadcast.
Copyright does not protect ideas; it protects the expression of ideas and arises automatically once they are fixed in a permanent form.
The creator or copyright holder of a work has the exclusive right to:
Except under certain circumstances, you should only copy or use a work protected by copyright with the copyright holder’s permission.
There are a few circumstances where you can copy or use part of all of a copyright work without permission from the copyright holder, including for:
Your use of a copyright work should be fair to the copyright holder. Ask yourself:
To use or copy a work outside of these circumstances will need permission or a licence.
Access the guidelines below for more detailed information:
Although the guidance provided does not represent legal advice, it is based on the most current information available.
Staff requiring guidance in relation to teaching and University licence agreements should refer to MyBeckett Staff Guides.