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Copyright for study

For educational purposes, you may:

  • photocopy for private study limited extracts from books, journals, and newspapers, under fair dealing
  • scan for private study limited extracts from books, journals and newspapers, under fair dealing, as long as you don't make multiple copies or put them on a shared network drive
  • download or print for private study limited extracts from e-books, e-journals and other text-based or image-based electronic resources
  • scan and digitise items where you own the original copyright, or where permission has been granted to you by the copyright owner
  • download audio and video items where you own the original copyright, or where permission has been granted to you by the copyright owner
  • make a single copy of anything for the purposes of examination / inclusion in a thesis, although any copyright material should be removed if the exam answer / thesis is subsequently published.

For commercial purposes, you may:

When submitting an ethesis or publishing a thesis, you may:

  • include insubstantial extracts of third party copyright material under fair dealing as long as you include a proper citation / reference
  • include more substantial extracts provided this is for the purpose of criticism and review. The amount you include must not exceed the minimum that is necessary for this purpose.

Further information about preparing an ethesis (PDF)

For examination purposes, you may:

  • include unlimited amounts of copyright material within an exam or thesis (under the examination exception of the Copyright, Patent and Designs Act 1988).

If you want to do more than this or use materials for something other than educational purposes, you will need to find out whether the material is in copyright. If the material is in copyright, you will need to contact the copyright owner(s) to ask permission to use their work.