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Copyright: Copyright for Students

This guide will provide information on copyright for students, staff and researchers

Why you should know about copyright?

While as a student you may have Fair Use exemptions in the category of use for educational purposes, you must still adhere to copyright regulations. You can still infringe copyright law. While Fair Dealing allows for the copying of a single work for individual use, there are still limits that are laid out below. 

Know your limits when it comes to copyright

As a student, it is important that you familiarize yourself with copyright regulations as much as you can. As a student, you may have Fair Use exemptions in the category of use for educational purposes, but there are still exceptions to this as outlined below. The concept of Fair Use in education only applies to a certain degree with copyrighted works - it does not apply when it leads to a significant infringement of the rights both (financially or ethically) of the creator of the work.

This generally prohibits: 

Producing multiple copies of a work. 

Reproducing an entire work. 

Redistributing copies of the work.

Reproducing and selling copies of the work

Sharing copies of a work with a friend or family member. 

Reproducing substantial parts of the works, this, while incredibly vague, generally means to avoid reproducing more than 10% or a chapter of a book, or 5% (one article) from a journal issue. 

Any of these actions are not protected under Fair Dealing.


Plagiarism also falls under copyright law. If you pass off someone else's work as your own without referencing the author, not only are you likely to face action from the college you are infringing copyright law which specifically states that any use of another work must a have a suitable acknowledgement (i.e citation or reference) to that author. The library has a guide to help you avoid plagiarism, which can be found here.

Video explaining students limits to fair dealing.