What is copyright?

Copyright is one of a group of legal rights known collectively as intellectual property rights. It subsists in a work as it cannot exist independently of a work. Like other forms of property, copyright has a value and so can be sold, leased, inherited, assigned or given away. Copyright exists as the expression of ideas and facts, not in the ideas and facts themselves. It arises automatically once a work is fixed in some form - print, in 3D format or digitally - so both published and unpublished works are copyright works. How long a work is in copyright depends on what type of work it is.

All members of NTU are bound to abide by UK law and copyright is no exception. It is a complex area of law and applies to the vast majority of materials used and created by members of NTU.

These pages aim to provide an introduction to the areas of copyright that have most impact on NTU and to help you avoid copyright infringement. However, they should not be taken as legal advice.

For enquiries and specialist advice contact the Learning and Teaching Team.

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