Copying for teaching purposes

How much can I copy for teaching purposes?

You can copy a certain amount of print and graphical works without seeking permission by using the statutory licence Part VB. The amount you may copy depends on the type of work and its governing licence agreement. Please note these limits apply to each unit (not lecturer).

  • Books and Literature - 10% of pages or one chapter, whichever is greater.
  • Anthologies - an entire individual work as long as it is less than 15 pages.
  • Dramatic works (i.e. a written play or screenplay) - up to 10% of the pages.
  • Sheet music - 10% of a written musical work (often counted as 10% of the bars).
  • Journal/newspaper articles - one article per issue or more if on the same topic.
  • Online/digital sources - before copying material from any online source, check the site for a statement which defines how material on the site may be used. You should abide by this statement as with any “licence”. If the site contains no permitted use statement or only contains a basic copyright statement then the Part VB allowances described here apply.
  • Images/photos and other artistic works - an entire work under the following conditions:
    • if it has been included to illustrate text;
    • if you wish to copy only the artistic work and exclude the text, and the artistic work has not been published separately. You can copy as many images from the work as you require provided that they have not been separately published, or
    • if the work has been published separately but can't be obtained for a reasonable price or timeframe.

Additionally, some images and works are covered by Creative Commons licences and can be reused without permission providing the terms of the licence are followed.

See the Copyright for Teaching guide for more information.

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