Copyright law exists to protect every creator.

Copyright protects:

  • literary works
  • dramatic works
  • musical works
  • sound recordings
  • film
  • broadcasts
  • artistics works
  • tyographical arrangements

Copyright in Libraries

Take a look at specific information for copyright in Libraries through this link

Copyright for teaching

  • Short extracts from literary and musical works, films, sound recordings, broadcasts and artistic works may be used for illustrating or reinforcing a teaching point under ‘fair dealing’ in lectures and on VLEs
  • Print: request items from books or journals to be scanned under the CLA Licence and added to your Talis Resource List - see Scanning under the CLA License
  • Images - see Images and copyright - section on Images in the Learning Space or Other VLE Platforms
  • Videos and Films - you can provide links to Box of Broadcasts, or LibPlayer. Note that students outside the UK will not be able to view these recordings.
  • Always abide by copyright licences. If an item is not explicitly Open Access, out of copyright, or covered by an appropriate Creative Commons license or one of the educational licences above then it is likely that you will have to get permission from the copyright owner.

Further information :

General Copyright Information

For more information about what copyright is, who it protects and how it should be applied when using the above material - visit the Intellectual Property Office site.

Here are some useful documents from the IPO site:

Copyright: Essential Reading

Exceptions to copyright: Research

Exceptions to copyright: Education and Teaching

Exceptions to copyright: Accessible formats for disabled people

Exceptions to copyright: Libraries, archives and museums

The library also has copies of a really useful book entitled Can I Copy This? A Brief Guide to UK Copyright in Higher and Further Education.

Please ask a member of the library team if you have any questions.