There are certain circumstances where a performance or showing/playing a work in public is permitted. For example, copying part of a work into, lecture slides and displaying it in the course of giving instruction to an audience of students would be considered fair, as long as the work is credited to the creator and does not harm the commercial interests of the copyright owner.

Recent changes to the law means that provided the work is dealt with fairly and use is  limited to illustration for instruction, copying part of a work is allowed. The use must be non-commercial and sufficiently acknowledged.

If you want to display a work in a way which is not covered by legal exceptions or by the licences that the University holds, you can always get in touch with the copyright owner of the work and ask for permission directly.

For more information please contact the University Copyright Advisors:


Updated 2 February 2018

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