Copyright governs how to use someone else's work. If you want to use someone else's material in your own work, the permission of the copyright holders is always required. In addition, a properly specified reference is required. No permission is required to refer to someone else's work from their own work.
- The copyright gives authors, artists, composers and other creators of a work the right to decide how their works may be used.
- Copyrighted material is e.g. texts, recorded speeches, computer programs, artistic works of various kinds, charts, figures, images, audio and video.
- Material available on the internet is also protected by copyright.
- Copyright also applies to parts of works. This means, for example, that figures in a document also are protected by the copyright as the entire document.
- Copyright is valid throughout the lifetime of the copyright holder and 70 years after the copyright holder has passed away.
- If you fail to contact the copyright owner, the work can not be reused.
Through agreements concluded between Swedish universities and Bonus Copyright Access, teachers are permitted to share and distribute copyrighted material for educational purposes at the University by
a) digital save on the University's closed network (e.g. Lisam),
b) use copied material in presentations such as PowerPoint,
c) save and distribute digital presentations at the University's closed network and via email,
d) hand out paper copies to registered students.
- It is allowed to copy a limited number of pages of a work for private-use, which includes studies. Based on the agreement with Bonus Copyright Access, it is allowed to copy max 15 pages or 15% of a publication.
- Students are also covered by the agreement for study purposes and may use materials in e.g. power-point presentations and handing out papers at seminars.
- If a student thesis is only to be submitted for examination and not publicly published, distributed in print and/or electronically, no permission is required from the copyright holder. However, if the work is to be distributed publicly, permission is required in order to use photos, charts, figures, etc.