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Copyright, Licensing and GDPR: Welcome

Quick Guide

  • Essential Copyright Compliance for Academic Staff is a document which provides best practice in the use of 3rd party published content.
  • The University subscribes to a number of licences that will help academics to to use printed and electronic copyright material safely in support of teaching and learning.
  • Under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act, there are several exceptions that you can make use of when considering using published content, however these are subject to Fair Dealing.  It should be noted these copyright exceptions are a defense and not a right to use third party content.
  • Information on the internet is treated in the same manner as print publications and is subject to UK law and licences.  Further detailed information is available from the section Copyright and the Internet.
  • If you are looking for copyright free images and music for re-use, then have a look in the section How to find online images and music for re-use.  There are several sites that will help you to find images and music for re-use.
  • Guidance on DMU Replay is available from the section DMU Replay and Copyright.  This section provides guidance on what you need to consider when using third party content where lectures are being recorded.
  • Where you need to ask for permission to use material when it is not clear that it is covered under the law or licences, then this section Seeking and Administering Permissions will provide guidance on what you need to think about when contacting rights holders.

Copyright help guide

Copyright help guide provided by CopyrightUser.Org. This is a useful guide for any person looking at re-using copyright material in different formats to see whether it is covered by UK law.

What's in this Guide?

This guide is aimed at helping staff and students to stay within the law when using copyright material.  Copyright is a legal protection for an author or creator which restricts the copying of an original work they have created.


Finding Images

Images are protected by copyright law just like written text.  They include photographs, illustrations and diagrams whether they are from electronic or print sources.

Use caution when searching for images on the internet as not all that is available is free to use.  Click here for detailed information on where you can search for either copyright free images or those that are released under licence (but free to use in your teaching).

Copyright Officer

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Rohit Tailor
0116 207 8899

JISC Guides

JISC has produced a copyright training guide for university academic and support staff to provide guidance on how to legally use other people's materials in teaching and learning.  This is an interactive guide that covers a range of areas with a quiz at the end to test your knowledge.  Please click on the link below to take you through to the guide.

JISC Copyright Training


The information contained in these pages provides an interpretation of current copyright issues.  It is not intended and should not be construed as legal advice.

There is some material on these pages that may link to third party sites that are licensed differently. De Montfort University does not endorse these third party sites, and they cannot accept responsibility for their content or ongoing availability. Any logos or trademarks in the resource are exclusive property of their owners and their appearance is not an endorsement by De Montfort University.