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What do you need to know about copyright?

To avoid violating the Copyright Act it is important for you as a student to know the rules. The Copyright Act ensures that those who write and publish books receive a reasonable payment for their work, which helps to ensure that you as a student have access to relevant study books. Therefore, VIA has agreements with Copydan (regarding texts, images and audiovisual media), KODA (regarding music) and Gramex (regarding performing artists and record companies).

Rules
The rules are different depending on whether you are scanning or photocopying curriculum literature or literature for personal purposes. There are also different rules depending on whether you are scanning or photocopying.

 
Scanning of curriculum and supplementary literature
Curriculum and supplementary literature means literature that your study programme recommends on reading lists or in study plans in connection with your studies. You are allowed to scan 20% of a material, however a maximum of 30 pages of the material. You are welcome to send the digital copy to your own email address. However, you are not allowed to forward or share the digital copy with anyone outside your household.

Scanning for personal purposes, eg. personal interests
There are no limits to the amount of pages you can scan. You can send the digital copy to your own email address. However, you are not allowed to forward or share the digital copy with anyone outside your household.

Photocopying
You are allowed to photocopy from printed materials for private use and to a fellow student. There are no limits to the amount of pages you can photocopy. However, photocopying is not permitted for anyone other than your fellow student.

With whom can I share the copies?
Remember that you are not allowed to share copies with others on email, Facebook, Dropbox or the like, even if it is a closed group!
Read up on copyright here

VIA Library leaflet: What you should know about copyright

 

Published by: skc
Post date: 19/03/2021
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