Your subject-specific guide to using library resources.
Most materials, including books, plays, journal and newspaper articles, artistic works, films, music, computer software, and typographic arrangements, are protected by copyright law, governed principally by the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, and subsequent regulations.
Students and staff of the University should be aware of the issues involved. This affects -
As a general guideline to copyright in the UK:
The length of copyright for older works, and for different types of work such as broadcasts, sound and music recordings, and film and television recordings is subject to varying factors and exceptions. Contact us if you would like further advice.
Under current UK law, copyright material can be copied freely and without limit in certain circumstances:
You may also make copies of limited amounts of individual works under 'fair dealing', or according to a specific licence agreement, such as the University's CLA Licence.
UK copyright law changed in 2014. Below is a handy series of booklets outlining the key changes for various sectors, including education.
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