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A copyright guidance resource for staff, students and researchers at The University of Manchester


Copyright at The University of Manchester

email copyright teamThis guide will help you to find out how copyright affects your work, research and study here at the University of Manchester.

Copyright is legal protection for an author/creator which restricts the copying of an original work they have created. The University is committed to acknowledging and protecting the copyright of rights holders and adhering fully to the terms and conditions of the licences it holds.


"For many of us, understanding the intricacies of copyright legislation as it applies to academic life can be difficult. Understanding what permissions are required to use materials in print or in an electronic form can vary widely depending upon the source of the material, and its intended use. The Library's Copyright Guidance Service provides a single point of contact for all copyright-related issues and enquiries at The University, and is designed to greatly simplify the process of ensuring that you adhere to copyright legislation."

                                                           Prof. Richard Reece - Associate Vice-President for Teaching, Learning and Students

Copyright law in the UK is governed by the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act. These pages will help you to understand your legal obligations when you use copyright or licensed material in printed or electronic form. They will also provide you with guidance on how to protect your own work. You should read them in conjunction with the University's Copyright Policy.

The guide is organised in an easy-to-follow FAQ format which allows you to find the answers to your copyright queries without trawling through copyright law. If you require further guidance or have any questions regarding copyright, please contact us.

The information contained within these pages is intended as a general guideline, and an interpretation of current copyright issues. It is not intended and should not be construed as legal advice.

Creative Commons Licence This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Licence.

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