New Photocopier Notices


A new photocopier notice is now available for staff and students which explains how to stay legal when photocopying. The Copyright Team are currently working their way around campus to ensure every photocopier is displaying the latest notice.

If your photocopier does not have a new notice please contact the Copyright Team at: or ring 01509 222351.


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What is Creative Commons?

Creative Commons (CC) provides a range of copyright licenses and tools that allow individuals and organisations to keep the copyright in their work whilst allowing others to use their work in certain ways.  “Creative Commons copyright licences and tools forge a balance inside the traditional “all rights reserved” setting that copyright law creates”.  There are three layers of licences which allow various level of usage.  These are explained here:

Creative Commons is not a search engine but provides access to CC licensed material found on Flikr, YouTube, Google Images etc., and includes the following types of material: media, images, music, clip art and video.

To search Creative Commons click here:

If you decide to use CC licensed material please remember to attribute it unless specified otherwise. Creative Commons recommends the following:

Attributing the original work

“My Awesome Photo,” © 2009 Greg Grossmeier, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license:

Attributing your derivative use of the work

This is a Finnish translation of “My Awesome Report” © 2009 by Greg Grossmeier, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license: This Finnish translation is licensed under the same Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license:

Further information on attributing work can be found at:

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“You need to get your work ‘copyrighted'”

Copyright symbol copyright Elmorsa, reproduced under CC Licence from Flickr

There is no such thing as ‘copyrighting’ work. Copyright is an automatic right that applies to any work that is fixed in a tangible format such as being written down or recorded. It does not need to be registered unlike patents or trademarks.

A copyright notice consists of the symbol ©, followed by the name of the copyright owner and the year of first publication.

For example: © Queensland University of Technology 1999

In the UK, a copyright notice does not need to be present to ensure protection under the Act; however, it does remind users that the work is protected and identifies the copyright owner.

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