During your studies you will want to copy or download third-party materials such as book chapters, journal articles and images. This material is likely to be covered by UK copyright law, which limits the amount of material that you can legally copy. New technologies also facilitate the copying and sharing of content online, making copyright infringement commonplace.
Fortunately, there are some things under the current law that allow you to copy for the purposes of non-commercial research and private study within reasonable limits, under what is known as 'fair dealing'. This generally permits you to make single copies of small amounts of a copyright work.
In addition it is essential that any third party materials used by researchers adheres to copyright law in any of the systems and communication channels used such as Dropbox, Google Docs, email, personal websites.
If you are not able to find the information you are looking for, please feel free to contact your Liaison Librarian.
Are you unsure about copyright? Do you struggle with referencing? We run KnowHow workshops which will give you confidence to know how to reference your work correctly, give the right credit and understand how to avoid plagiarism.
Sessions can be booked in advance or you can just drop-in.
See KnowHow for further information.
For assistance with the recording and reporting procedure and initial queries about the Licence, please contact the appropriate Liaison Librarian
Further enquiries about copyright and licensing, please contact the Licensing Manager.
If any person becomes aware that any defamatory, inaccurate or copyright infringing material is included within VITAL or any other reason why it would be expedient for the University to remove the materials whilst an investigation is undertaken by the Head of Department, they must contact the University Computing Services Department immediately.