These guidelines aim to ensure that staff and students of the University of Gloucestershire stay within the law when making copies (print and electronic) of copyright materials.
Although the University has a responsibility to ensure that staff and students are aware of copyright and how to comply with the law, it remains the responsibility of the person making the copy to ensure they do not infringe copyright.
The law governing copyright in the UK is the Copyright, Design and Patents Act 1988 and amendments. Copying for personal use or non-commercial research is governed by this Act. The amounts that can be copied under “Fair Dealing”, i.e. for your own non-commercial research or private study, are not strictly defined. However, the following limits are generally assumed to be acceptable. You may make a single copy of:
* One chapter from a book or 5%, whichever is the greater
* One article from a journal or periodical
* One single case report from a law report
* One paper from a set of conference proceedings
* One poem or short story from an anthology (maximum 10 pages)
The following licensing agreements allow the University some extension of the limits imposed by the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988:
For further advice, please contact the Librarian
for your subject area.