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Copyright for Students: Photocopying

An introductory guide


As a student of the University of Exeter you are able to make photocopies using the MFDs or other copier's on campus.

There are restrictions on the amount and what you can photocopy under the Copyright Licencing Agency's Higher Education Licence which is what the University subscribes to in order to allow you to do this.

So how much can you copy?

  • one whole chapter from a book
  • one whole article from a journal issue
  • a short story or poem (not exceeding 10 pages in length) from an anthology
  • one whole paper from a set of conference proceedings
  • one whole report of a single case from a volume of judicial proceedings
  • or 10% of any of the above, whichever is the greater

Any other restrictions?

  • You are coping for your own private educational use
  • You should only make one photocopy
  • You can't copy from -
    • Printed music.
    • Maps and charts.
    • Newspapers
    • Unpublished works, e.g. manuscripts and archives.
    • Works on the CLA’s List of Excluded Categories and Excluded Works or list of Excluded US Publishers.
    • Works published outside the UK or the "mandating territories".
    • Publications which include a statement that they are excluded from licences granted by the Copyright Licensing Agency.

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