Copyright guide

Copyright is fundamental to what we do at the University and affects everybody. The policies and guidance below describe how copyright law and licences held by the University of Sheffield apply to the different ways in which copyright material may be used at the University.
Copyright is a legal property right; it exists to control the reproduction of intellectual property expressed in a physical form. Ideas in themselves are not covered by copyright, though patent and designs law may protect them. Copyright subsists in:

  • Literary, artistic, dramatic, and musical works
  • Sound recordings, films, broadcasts or cable programmes
  • Typographical arrangements of published editions
  • Software (computer programmes) and databases may be protected as literary works, in addition to other possible rights
  • Copyright protection is automatic (no registration is required) and it applies to all physical formats, including the Internet
What are the rules governing copyright? Who owns copyright?
How long does copyright last? What can be copied?
How much can be copied? What is Fair Dealing?
Copyright licences held by the University

For further advice contact Copyright