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Copyright Guidance at The University of Manchester: Further information

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

Copyright and accessibility

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.

This may include:

  • making Braille, audio or large-print copies of books, newspapers or magazines for visually impaired people
  • adding audio description to films or broadcasts for visually impaired people
  • making subtitled films or broadcasts for deaf or hard of hearing people
  • making accessible copies of books, newspapers or magazines for dyslexic people

Further advice is available from the Library Disability Support Team.

Licence information

Below is a list of the licences the University currently holds:


Official organisations

Licensed e-resources

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 may not make multiple copies of any material
  • you may not share any material with unauthorised users (for example, non-members of the University of Manchester)
  • all use must be for non-commercial purposes, ie private study, research or teaching. Student placements and work-related projects may well constitute commercial use, so licence terms must be checked in these circumstances.
  • you must never disclose your password(s) for electronic resources
  • you must not modify the text of any copyright material, nor any related copyright statement

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.

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