Leeds University Library

What is copyright?

Copyright is, quite simply, the right to copy.

The copyright owner has the exclusive right to:

  • copy the work
  • issue copies of the work to the public
  • perform, show or play the work to the public
  • broadcast the work
  • make an adaptation of the work.

The University of Leeds is committed to ensuring that all copying undertaken on its behalf or through the use of its resources, for all purposes including study, assessment, teaching and research, is done legally.

The University's copyright policy has no regulatory documentation but is simply a contractual agreement by staff, students, researchers and those permitted to use its resources to abide by the law and the various copying licences the University holds.

Copyright affects everyone who is creating original written or recorded works, or reproducing, performing or playing material for any reason.

If you are photocopying images or text for your own study or to hand out to students, you need to know what the limits are.

If you are scanning materials to include in presentations and lectures or to put in the VLE, you need to know what you are allowed to use.

If you are creating websites with a mixture of text, images, and multimedia files, you need to know what you can use.

If you are copying or playing music, films, television and radio broadcasts etc you need to know the differing provisions made for these purposes in the law.

The University and Library regulations require you to abide by copyright legislation and the terms of any University-level licences that the University has bought.