The purpose of copyright law is to promote the progress of knowledge.  It protects those who produce new creative content, as well as providing certain exceptions to those rights for those who wish to reuse copyright materials.

On these pages you will find information on: basics of UK copyright law; exceptions and fair dealing; licences; research and publishing; teaching; FAQs.  This guidance is designed to support our staff and students in making appropriate decisions with regard to copyrighted material, both their own and that of others.  In addition, we provide advice and guidance on University copyright policy in specific cases.  Please contact us at or use our Book an Appointment link to meet using Google Hangouts

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Copyright: The Basics

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Exceptions, Fair Dealing and Re-use

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 Copyright Licences

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Research and Publishing

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Teaching and Learning

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Archives and Special Collections

Disclaimer: The information contained within these pages is not intended and should not be construed as legal advice.  Further guidance on UK copyright law can be found here: