Copyright and plagiarism


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 It arises automatically once a work is fixed in some form - print, in 3D format or digitally - so both published and unpublished works are copyright works.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 covered by copyright depends on what type of work it is.

All members of NTU are bound to abide by UK law and this includes abiding by the laws on copyright. The aim of these pages on copyright is to give staff an introduction to the areas of copyright that have most impact on their teaching activity at NTU and to help staff to avoid copyright infringement.  


The University views plagiarism as an academic irregularity and there are a number of different penalties which may be applied to plagiarism offences, ranging from capped marks and zero marks to dismissal from the course and termination of studies.  

The aim of these pages on plagiarism is to give staff an introduction to some teaching materials which can be used to help students understand the concept of plagiarism and to provide guidance for staff on the Turnitin text matching software.  

For enquiries and specialist advice, contact a member of the Learning and Teaching Team.

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