All disabled people are now covered by the legislation where their impairment affects their ability to study or work on an equal basis as someone without impairment.
All copyright work can now be altered to an appropriate format, as long as suitable accessible copies are not available for purchase.
This may include:
Further advice is available from the Library Disability Support Team.
Creative Commons provides an alternative to conventional copyright protection. It allows people who create content to attach licences to their work, making it explicit that it can be re-used.
Creative Commons helps you publish your work online whilst letting others know exactly what they can and can't do with your work. With a Creative Commons licence, you keep the copyright but allow people to copy and distribute your work provided they give you credit, and only on the conditions you specify.
From the Creative Commons website you can search for materials that can be re-used without needing to request permission.
Below is a list of the licences the University currently holds:
The CLA licence covers the photocopying and scanning of most, but not all, UK publications, and a number of US and international publishers.
As an academic you will want to photocopy or download material e.g. book chapters, journal articles, information or images from the web for teaching.
Copying and making digital copies for registered University of Manchester students, including distance learners, is covered by the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) Higher Education Photocopying and Scanning Licence.
The NLA licence permits the photocopying and scanning of newspaper articles of all national newspapers and around 80% of local newspapers for the purposes of internal management, education and instruction.
The NLA licence allows:
The NLA licence does not allow:
The Times Literary / Higher Education / Education supplements are not covered by this licence.
The ERA+ licence provide license schemes to member HE institutions to cover the use of recorded broadcast media in teaching and learning. The ERA+ Licence grants the right to record broadcasts for non-commercial educational purposes by making ERA Recordings.
The University of Manchester's licence allows licensed ERA Recordings to be accessed by students and teachers online from outside the premises of their establishment.
The PRS licence - allows the performance of live music on University premises in the following circumstances:
The PPL licence - for the playing and performance of commercial music (restricted to designated areas within the University).
The OS Licence - for using/copying maps etc.
The Intellectual Property Office is the official government body responsible for Intellectual Property (IP) rights in the United Kingdom. These rights include, patents, designs, trademarks and copyright.
The British Copyright Council was founded in 1965 to protect and promote the principles of copyright in the UK.
Established by artists for artists, DACS is a not-for-profit visual arts rights management organisation. Founding artists such as Eduardo Paolozzi, Susan Hiller and Elaine Kowalsky set up DACS 28 years ago to protect artists' rights and ensure they are recognised both financially and morally.
RNIB Website - copyright information.
Most electronic resources (databases, e-journals, e-books) are made available through subscriptions handled by the Library. Access to University of Manchester staff and students is allowed under the terms of licences drawn up by the supplier. All members of the University of Manchester are responsible for ensuring that they comply with licences.
If you are in any doubt at all you must check the specific licence for any given resource.
As a general rule:
You should not make licensed material available to others over any kind of network or by e-mail without checking the terms of the licence concerned.
Contact the Library's Digitisation Service for further help in this area.
Wikimedia Commons is a media repository which hosts images, sound and video clips under a number of open licences.
The Creative Commons website has a facility to search across multiple sources for material labelled for re-use under a CC licence.
Everystockphoto searches millions of freely licensed photos
, from various sources and presents them in an integrated search.
Many Flickr users have chosen to offer their work under a Creative Commons license; you can browse or search through content under each type of license.
FreeFoto.com claims to be the largest collection of free photographs on the Internet. All images are free to use with attribution for non-commercial purposes.
VADS has a portfolio of visual art collections comprising over 100,000 images that are freely available for use in learning, teaching and research in the UK. See the full terms and conditions for further details.
The Artstor Digital Library is a non-profit resource that provides over 1.6 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences. This database is available to staff and students as a subscription resource. No username and password for off-campus access. Use VPN or personal registration.