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Useful information on copyright compliance

Staff guide to copyright

Copyright is an intellectual property right which protects the owners of original works. 

These works include written and recorded artistic works such as books, paintings, films, journals, photographs, sound recordings and broadcasts.Kandinsky

Copyright is designed to allow creators to gain financial rewards for their efforts, thus encouraging creativity in the future..

In the UK copyright law is governed by the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, as amended. For more information view The Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1998 

The Copyright Licensing Agency - Higher Education

Please bear in mind that the terms and conditions for Higher Education differ from the Further Education Licence.

 

For further clarification on any CLA issue, please contact either your local college librarian, or the UHI CLA HE Licence Coordinator.

How Long Does Copyright Last?

BooksIncludes:

Books, letters, journal articles, photos, pictures, images, graphs and tables

Lasts for:

70 years after death of author.

Includes:

Feature films, animated films, home movies.Film reel

Lasts for:

70 years after the end of the year in which the last of the principal director, author of dialogue, composer of music or author of screenplay dies.

 

TelevisionIncludes:

TV programmes, online seminars as aired and podcasts

Lasts for:

50 years from the end of the year in which the broadcast was made.

Includes:

Songs, performances, pieces of music, speeches and any recorded sounds.

 
Microphone

Lasts for:

70 years from the end of the year in which the recording was made

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What Can I Copy

You can copy the text and images from most U.K. printed books and digital publications, and also many from overseas.

The CLA has a very useful Check Permissions tool on its website.

Remember UHI must own a copy of the work that you are copying. You can check the UHI Library Catalogue here

The work is owned by the University and the amount used falls into one of the following:

• A whole article from a magazine/journal issue

• A short story, poem or play (not exceeding 10 pages in length) from an anthology

• A whole chapter from a book whole scene from a play

• A whole paper from a set of conference proceedings

• A whole report of a single case from a volume of judicial proceedings 

OR

5% of the whole publication. Whichever is greater.

The work is owned by the University and the amount used falls into one of the following:

• A whole article from a magazine/journal issue

• A short story, poem or play (not exceeding 10 pages in length) from an anthology

• A whole chapter from a book whole scene from a play

• A whole paper from a set of conference proceedings

• A whole report of a single case from a volume of judicial proceedings 

OR

10% of the whole publication. Whichever is greater.

 

There are some published works that the CLA licence does not cover. These include:

  • newspapers
  • printed music (including the words)Music notes
  • maps and charts
  • workbooks, workcards or assignment sheets 

In addition to these are works which are directly excluded by the author

The CLA provide a list of these works, which can be accessed here

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