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Academic & Research Integrity : Copyright

A guide to help students, researchers and lecturers with Academic integrity and research ethics.

What is copyright?

Copyright is a property right given to the creator of a "work" that gives them control of how that work is used. The term "work" covers a range of different types of material including literary works, dramatic works, musical works, film, internet material, sound recordings and so on. Copyright protects the recorded expression of a work not the ideas or knowledge that forms that work.

While the copyright holders control what is done with their work there are certain exceptions which are permitted under Copyright law. The most important to us in the education sector are those exceptions that apply to use for research or private study and use for educational purposes.

Check out the guides in the Useful resources box for guidance on Copyright and using copyrighted material.

Creative Commons licences

is a not for profit organization that offers free licences to enhance the use and sharing of creative works. These licences enable authors to control how their works can be used but also allow for the sharing of resources and works in certain ways.

There are six different copyright licence options through Creative Commons - each of these allow different types of use of the specified work. To view these licences and to see what each allows, visit the CC website:

Creative Commons Licences