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Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about copyright at Marjon. If you have a question about copyright not covered here please get in touch with us or visit the Copyright Licencing Agency website for more information.

General FAQs

Can I make copies from books and journals for my own use?

Yes – you can make copies for your own needs as long as you do not copy more than: * One chapter or 10% of a book (whichever is greater). * One article from an issue of a journal or conference proceeding. * One short story or poem not exceeding 10 pages from an anthology. * Do not copy illustrations unless they form an integral part of articles or chapters.

What are the limits on making copies for my own use?

* One chapter or 10% of a book (whichever is greater). * One article from an issue of a journal or conference proceeding. * One short story or poem not exceeding 10 pages from an anthology. * Do not copy illustrations unless they form an integral part of articles or chapters.

If I own a book or journal can I copy it as much as I want?

No – although you have bought a copy, that does not give you the right to make copies. Most works will still be covered by normal copyright restrictions.

Are digital materials also covered by copyright?

Yes – copyright applies to material in digital as well as physical form. Therefore it is important to keep the same considerations in mind when using digital and/or online material as you would for any other resource.

The work is out of copyright, can I copy it as much as I want?

Not always – while the work itself may be out of copyright, if the edition was published within the last 25 years the publisher may well retain the copyright on the typography and layout of that edition.

Can I copy parts of a website?

Yes – you can usually make a single copy of a webpage for your own personal use. Most websites will have there own usage statements covering what they do and don’t allow in terms of further uses of their material. Look for sections on each site such as “Copyright”, “About this site”, “Legal” or “Help” for additional information.

Are the quotes I use in my academic work covered by copyright?

Yes – nearly all published works are covered by copyright. However the law allows quotations to be made from copyright material, for criticism or review. Most educational uses are also covered by this allowance. The limits are generally as follows: * A single passage of no more than 400 words. * Several smaller extracts of no more than 300 words, totaling no more than 800 words. * 40 lines from a poem. You must also always properly acknowledge the source of any materials used in this way.

Can I copy material published by the UK government (Crown Copyright)?

Yes – while you are studying at Marjon this material is covered by our CLA licence and copies can be made subject to the usual restrictions. Crown Copyright lasts for 50 years from the end of the first year of publication for published works, or 125 years from the end of the year of creation for unpublished works.

Can feature films be shown at Marjon?

Yes – feature films may be shown on Marjon premises for educational purposes. However the showing must be for students and staff only, members of the general public must not be present.

Can I make a copy of a DVD?

No – commercial DVDs cannot be copied or edited in any way. Except for the purpose of technical instruction on the making of films, soundtracks etc.

Staff FAQs

Can I make multiple copies for class handouts, course handbooks etc?

Yes – the Library’s CLA licence covers this use with the following provisos: *Marjon library holds a copy of the material you wish to use. *The copies are made for students on current Marjon modules. *The material to be copied is not on the CLA Excluded Works list. *The amount copied and distributed for any one module, from any one published edition does not exceed the normal fair use restrictions on copyrighted material. *Only one copy is made per student on the module. An additional copy may be made for the tutor if needed.

Can I make multiple copies from a book/article that I own for distribution to students?

No – Marjon library does hold a CLA licence which allows multiple copies to be made for teaching purposes, within the usual limits for copyrighted materials, but a copy of the original material must be owned by the Library.

Can I make multiple copies of an article from an E-journal?

No – you can only make one copy of a digitally article. If you need multiple students to read it we would suggest you provide those students with a link directly to the article.

Can I make multiple copies of a web page for distribution to students?

Not usually – however most websites will have there own usage statements covering what they do and don’t allow in terms of uses of their material. Look for sections on each site such as “Copyright”, “About this site”, “Legal” or “Help” for additional information. If you need multiple students to read a specific part of the site we would suggest you provide those students with a link directly to the relevant part.

Can I make copies for distance learners?

Yes – you can make copies for distance learners as long as you abide by the same limits on copyrighted materials, as if you where making a copy for your personal use.

Can I use clips from films to illustrate material on Learning Space?

Yes - most copyright legislation agrees that clips from films can be used for education and critique purposes without the need to contact the copyright holder. However no strong consensus exists on the hosting of clips on a VLE, so just be aware.

Can I make programs recorded under ERA licence available on Learning Space?

Yes – you can include extracts or the whole program. The source of the recording must be cited and they must be shown as broadcast. They must also only be available for on site access.