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Student Copyright Guide

What's in this guide?

What is copyright?
Introduction to copyright and copyright law
Using copyrighted material in assignments
Guidance on what can be used and how in assignments, exams and other assessed work
Frequently asked questions concerning copyright
Creative Commons
Introduction to Creative Commons concept and the various licences available
PhD theses
Advice and guidance for PhD students
Your Rights
Advice on protecting your own copyright and publishers' contracts

Student Intellectual Property Regulations


Welcome to the University of Derby guide to copyright.

It is the responsibility of students to ensure they make legal use of material whose copyright they do not own.

The links within these pages will provide information about the various aspects of copyright law which affect 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.

Donya Rowan


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 Advisor, Donya Rowan at, ext 3605.

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

All students 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.