The Copyright Service aims to ensure that students and staff at the University of Leicester remain legally compliant when using resources which are in copyright.
Copying for personal use
Under UK copyright law, you can copy a 'fair' amount from a work for your own private study, research or critical review. Although fair is not defined, please bear the following points in mind:
- any copying must not impact on the commercial interests of the rightsholder
- only one copy can be made
- you must limit the amount copied to only that which you require
- you must not pass your copy on to anyone else
Copying for teaching
The University holds a number of licences which allow us to copy materials for the purposes of teaching.
For published books, journals and some magazines, our Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) licence allows us to photocopy or scan, subject to certain restrictions:
- Material must be limited to one chapter or 5% of a book or one article from a journal issue
- We must hold a copy of the source print publication in the Library
- We must use the most up to date edition that we hold
- The publishers must not have opted out of the licence
- All scanning must be reported to the CLA*
- All scans must contain a cover sheet*
- All scans must be made available via a password protected environment (such as Blackboard)
*Due to these restrictions, all scanning is done centrally by the Library. Please see Copyright and Scanning under the CLA licence for further information.
For photocopying please see Copyright and Printed Course Packs.
If you wish to make use of materials other than printed books, journals and magazines, please see Copyright and Other University Licences.
If you wish to deliver materials to students via an eReader, please see the guidance contained within Copyright and eReaders.
eBooks and eJournals
If you wish to make printed copies of any of this material please contact the Copyright Service before doing so as there are some restrictions on what you can copy.
The following site provides a good overview of various aspects of copyright in the UK: http://copyrightuser.org/