How does copyright concern me as a researcher or scholar?


As the author of a work, you are the copyright holder unless and until you transfer your copyright to someone else in a signed agreement.


Copyright owners have a number of exclusive rights, including:

  • the right to publish their work
  • the right to reproduce their work (for example, by copying or scanning)
  • the right to communicate their work to the public (for example, by making it available online, or emailing it).


If you have included content where the copyright is owned by someone other than yourself (e.g. diagram, text, photograph) you do not necessarily have the right to re-use that material without first seeking permission.


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