Copyright is a property right intended to protect the rights of those who create works of various kinds. The basis of UK copyright law is the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.
The Act states that copyright is a property right and can lie in the following types of work:
The owner of the copyright in a work has the exclusive right to:
The author, director or commissioner of the work, whether or not that person is the copyright owner, has the following rights:
If you have any questions about our copyright licenses please contact Colin Theakston, the University's Copyright Officer.
Durham University Library can provide guidance to members of the university on matters of Copyright and the copying of material for research, teaching and learning at the university.
In general, you CAN copy material IF:
If in doubt - DON'T copy - seek advice.
Copyright can be a complex subject so these pages are only intended to give simple advice on the topic. Please note that they are for guidance only and relate in the main to copying carried out by members of the University (staff and students). It is not intended that these (or linked pages) should provide definitive legal opinion on copyright.
|Books and Journals||70 years||Copyright Licensing Agency|
Music Publishers Association OR
Mechanical Copyright Protection Society - Performing Rights Society
|Artistic works||70 years||Design and Artists Copyright Society|
|Maps||50 years||Ordnance Survey|
|Newspapers||70 years||Newspaper Licensing Agency|
|UK Official Pubs||50 years||Office of Public Sector Information|
|Broadcasts||50 years||Education Recording Agency|
|Unpublished works||70 years||-|
NB: The terms above only begin upon the death of the copyright owner.
If you are looking for more information on this subject then click on the link below which will take you to an online interactive tutorial on best practise in Copyright & Plagiarism.