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Copyright Licensing
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Copyright Licensing
Copyright is a property right intended to protect the rights of those who create works of various kinds.  The basis of UK copyright law is the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.
The Act states that copyright is a property right and can lie in the following types of work:
The owner of the copyright in a work has the exclusive right to:
The author, director or commissioner of the work, whether or not that person is the copyright owner, has the following rights:
The University holds licenses which enable it to use some copyrighted works for educational purposes without breaching the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. The University is licensed under:
The University also subscribes to the British Universities Film and Video Council (BUFVC) Off-air Recording Backup Service.
If you have any questions about our copyright licenses please contact Colin Theakston,  the University's Copyright Officer.
 Durham University Library can provide guidance to members of the university on matters of Copyright and the copying of material for research, teaching and learning at the university.
In general, you CAN copy material IF
If in doubt - DON'T copy - seek advice. 
Copyright can be a complex subject so these pages are intended to give simple advice on the topic. Please note that they are for guidance only and relate in the main to copying carried out by members of the University (staff and students). It is not intended that these (or linked pages) should provide definitive legal opinion on copyright.
User Guides
Students may find the attached guides useful:
Related Links
Copyright Advice for Academics
University Copyright Officer
Colin Theakston
Telephone : 0191 3342970
Library Digitisation Unit
Email :
Telephone : 0191 3342967
Copyright for teaching materials:can I use it?
This short online resource will help you to determine whether you can use specific types of material in your teaching, and how you can use them without breaching copyright.
Copyright for teaching materials
Updated: 23rd April 2021
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