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Staff Copyright Guide: Home

The following pages are to advise you on some copyright issues that need to be considered for different types of material before you consider using any copyrighted third party material in your teaching or research.

What's in this guide?

What is copyright?
Introduction to copyright and copyright law
Using Copyrighted Material for Teaching
Guidance on what can be used and how in lectures
Frequently asked questions concerning copyright
Information on the various copyright-related licences held by the University
Lecture Capture
Guidance on using copyrighted material in lecture and in lecture recordings
Creative Commons
Introduction to Creative Commons concept and the various licences available
Advice on uploading published articles to UDORA
Copyright Clearance Unit
Guidance and procedures for requesting scanned and copyright-cleared material for teaching
Your Rights
Advice on protecting your own copyright and publishers' contracts


Welcome to the University of Derby guide to copyright.

It is the responsibility of individual members of staff, students or others working on behalf of the University of Derby to ensure their use of material whose copyright they do not own is legal.

The links within these pages will provide information about the various aspects of copyright law which affect staff and students at the University of Derby. These pages will help you to understand your legal obligations when you use copyrighted or licensed material in printed or online form.

Please note that information on these pages is for guidance only: it should not be construed as formal legal advice.

Useful copyright books


These pages within this guide are for guidance purposes. It cannot cover every eventuality, so if you cannot find an answer to your question, please contact the Copyright and Licensing Advisor, Donya Rowan at, ext 3605.

The information on the following pages is for guidance only and does not constitute legal advice.

All staff are personally responsible for complying with the Copyright, Designs & Patents Act 1988. Failure to do so is taken seriously and may result in legal action by the copyright holder against the University and the withdrawal of licenses.

Donya Rowan - Copyright and Licensing Advisor