Copyright is the legal right that is initially held by the person who has created a piece of work, in the form of e.g. pictures, photographs, texts, books or films. Copyright arises automatically when a piece of work is created. Copyright legislation regulates how people are allowed to use material that is copyright protected.

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Contact KI's Legal Office with questions concerning copyright

Private use

There is a rule in copyright that says that you can copy parts of e.g. a course book for private use. How much you are allowed to copy varies but you are never allowed to copy an entire book or print out a whole e-book. When it comes to the electronic journals and e-books that you can access via KI, the terms of use are governed by the contracts that the library has signed with the various suppliers. 

Bonus Copyright Access – exceptions for students and teachers

To a certain degree, the Higher Education Institutions Agreement with Bonus Copyright Access allows students and teachers to copy and share copyright-protected material digitally and analogously, for example, by:

  • downloading
  • printing
  • inserting into digital presentations
  • saving copied copyrighted material digitally, for example on the university's closed network, on a USB-stick, etcetera
  • sharing material on the university's closed network, via e-mail, etcetera
  • projecting and displaying on screen
  • handing out paper copies. 

As a teacher, you are sometimes able to copy a greater amount of copyright-protected material for your teaching, thanks to special agreements. You can find information about this at Bonus Copyright Access.

Creative Commons

Creative Commons are copyright licences that allow you as creator to permit others to use your material without them first having to ask you for permission. If you license material, pictures, films, music, art, etc. you can decide how other people can use your material. There are six licences with different degrees of freedom. If you are a researcher, more information can be found at Open licence for your publication (CC BY)

If you want to use a Creative Commons licensed product, you must always remember to check what type of Creative Commons licence it has in order to see if you can use it for your purposes. The minimum requirement is to state the source but there are often other conditions that must also be followed.

Do you have any questions about Creative Commons? Contact the library or KI's Legal Office for help.

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