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Digital copying

As a rule, digital copying requires consent from the originator.

The university colleges have made an agreement with Copydan Tekst og Node. According to this agreement you can make digital copies of copyright-protected material to some extent without the consent of the originator. Below you can read about the parts of the agreement where you do not need consent from the originator.

What is digital copying?
It is a digital copy when the end product which is digital e.g. electronic text file or scanned text. You make a digital copy when you download from the internet, scan a text or copy using a CD or DVD burner.

Framework for digital copying
For teaching and internal administrative use you are allowed to copy up to 20% of a material, no more than 30 pages of the same material per student per half year/semester. Regardless of size, you are always allowed to copy at least four pages.

You are allowed to upload copies of the material to a password protected intranet such as Study net.

The agreement with Copydan does not include agreements with other suppliers such as Infomedia or international journals. Please, see the conditions for use from the supplier in question. Generally, the starting point is that the license is private and you are not allowed to make digital copies unless for private use.

Read more about copying at KOPIERINGENS HVEM - HVAD - HVOR (in Danish)

When is it not allowed to make a digital copy?
You are not allowed to make a digital copy of newpapers and newspaper articles, but you are allowed to print them from the internet or copy them physically i.e. using a photocopying machine.

E-books sold by chapter cannot be copied digitally. An updated list of e-books published by chapter can be seen at Tekst og Node (in Danish)


E-books must be bought for teaching purposes. A license bought for private use cannot be used to make digital copies and cannot be used for digital copying for use in teaching.

The Copydan agreement does not comprise permission to make digital copies from other license-based fora where the university colleges have bought access. This applies to e.g. Infomedia. Please see specific conditions in the subscription agreement.

Internal administrative use
As a rule, copying digitally for internal administrative use is not allowed. Analogue copying is allowed and this can be done by using a photocopying machine or by printing digital materials.

As an exception, it is allowed to produce digital copies for internal administrative use in e.g. Powerpoint presentations or on interactive boards. This exception does not apply to newspapers and Powerpoint presentations must not be made available to use later e.g. at Study net. Please check that the originator has not made a special injunction to such a use. You can check this at Tekst og Node (in Danish)

As a lecturer or student, it is not allowed to send digitally copied material to students (or your lecturer) or to fellow students by e-mail etc.

You are obliged to make sure the copied material includes the name of the material, the originator and year of publication.

You can read the full agreement with Copydan Tekst og Node here (in Danish)