The Library subscribes to many electronic resources, such as electronic journals, databases and ebooks, on behalf of the University. In addition to copyright law, the use of these resources is governed by licences which the University has signed with the relevant publishers and information providers.
The conditions of licences with individual publishers and information providers vary. In the vast majority of cases, a current University of Sussex staff or student member can:
In the vast majority of cases, licences do not permit:
If you are adding an electronic journal article to a module website in Study Direct, it is good practice to link through to the article rather than downloading the pdf and uploading the file to Study Direct, as not all licences cover this option.
JISC Legal have produced guidance and a short video on the legal consideration in using image sharing social networks in the context of Higher Education. They use Pinterest, a virtual pinboard for sharing images, as an example, although much of what they say is applicable to most forms of Web 2.0 social media.
Pinterest, image sharing websites and the law: A guide to the legal considerations of using image sharing social networks for teaching and learning (updated 6 September 2015)
The information contained within these pages is intended as a general guide and an interpretation of current copyright issues. It is not intended and should not be construed as legal advice.
The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is the official Government body responsible for Intellectual Property (IP) rights in the United Kingdom. This includes, Patents, Designs, Trademarks and Copyright.
The SHERPA/RoMEO database can help authors determine the policy of their publishers regarding self-archiving of research articles in the University's institutional repository, Sussex Research Online.
This handy flowchart style poster should help you decide whether or not you can use an image. Poster credit: Pia Jane Bijkerk & Erin Loechner for Street Cred 2011. Fonts by Yvette van Boven.
For help with general queries about copying from print, audiovisual or electronic publications, please email firstname.lastname@example.org