Copyright subsists in material available on the internet. This means you will need to obtain permission to use such content. There are some circumstances where an exception to infringement or licence applies and these are discussed below.
You may provide links to openly accessible internet material provided that the material is not "knowningly" infringing. If you are aware or have reason to suspect that the material is infringing (for example it is a Disney Movie from www.stolen-movies.com) you should not link to it.
Deep links (for example a link directly to a PDF which bypasses an index page) should be avoided if possible. This is because by deep linking you may be depriving the site/content owner of valuable visits to their website. It is unlikely that deep linking to material would be considered a copyright infringement.
Certain portions of openly accessible text and images may be reproduced without permission under the University's Part VB statutory licence. To learn more about the limitations and conditions of the this licence please visit the Texts and Images web pages.
In most cases music cannot be reproduced or communicated for teaching purposes without obtaining permission from the copyright owner or rights holder. The University holds a number of Music licences allowing certain uses of music for educational purposes. Further information about the music licences is available on the Music web page.
In most cases video material cannot be reproduced or communicated for teaching purposes without obtaining permission from the copyright owner or rights holder. Further information relating to the use of Film and video content is avilable on the Film and video web page.
Students or staff found engaging in infringing activities while using University Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Services will face disciplinary action for a breach of University Policy and can be personally liable to civil and criminal penalties under the Copyright Act. Further information is available in the University's ICT Services and Facilities Use Policy.
Authorised by the University Librarian
30 May, 2012