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Copyright for Researchers: Overview

Online guidance on copyright as it applies to researchers

Welcome to your Copyright for Researchers LibGuide

As a researcher you will want to protect your own work and you will also want to make fair use of works produced by others.  

The guidance will help you build your knowledge on copyright law as it relates to researchers, and pick up some useful guidance to help you use copyright material appropriately. 

For help and advice


Universal Declaration
Human Rights

“Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.” 
This guide is aimed at PGR students who need to use materials for research during the compilation of their thesis and who are required to submit their final thesis to ORE, the institutional repository.

Key Messages

1 You own the copyright in your own work
2 If you want to use the work of others, consider their rights.  Do you have permission to use third party copyright material?
3 If you are in doubt about whether you are infringing copyright - seek permission.
4 Don't postpone seeking permission; get started straightaway. It can take time.
5 Keep records of all permission documentation, including permission letters, details of non-responses, and details of instances where you cannot trace or identify the rights holder.
6 Reference all materials. This is good academic practice and is also a requirement of the fair dealing exemptions outlined in the CDPA.
7 It is mandatory for you to submit your research thesis to ORE.
8 You can submit two versions of your thesis if third party copyright issues remain unresolved.
9 You can embargo your thesis if immediate open access of the content is not appropriate.
10 Making your thesis available on open access is a very effective means of disseminating your research.

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