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A copyright guidance resource for staff, students and researchers at Manchester Metropolitan University

Who needs to know about copyright?

World map with the word copyright and finger on a button.Everybody at Manchester Metropolitan University should be aware of copyright issues as they affect us all, academic and non-academic staff, researchers and students.

In the HE sector, we create and re-use ideas everyday - but we need to be clear of the limits and legalities so that we don't infringe the rights of others and bring the University into disrepute or, indeed, fail to protect our own rights as best we can.

The following pages look at various copyright issues and showcase the types of questions that may be important to staff, students and researchers. There is also some basic information on copyright, with examples, that could be useful to anybody. If you have a question that you don't think has been included here, please get in touch and we'll do our best to help out.


Disclaimer: The information contained within these pages is intended as a general guideline, and an interpretation of current copyright issues. It is not intended and should not be construed as legal advice.


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This guide contains material adapted from The University of Manchester's Guide to Copyright licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Licence. Thanks to Neil Sprunt at The University of Manchester for permission to copy their page architecture.

The Copyright for Students section contains material adapted from the University of Leeds Copyright for Students tutorial under a Creative Commons Licence.

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Licence.