Copyright matters for students


Your own work

Any original work, including most assignments at uni, that you create is protected by copyright. Your permission is (usually) required by anyone wanting to copy or communicate your work.

It is a requirement of enrolment that you grant  the University a non-exclusive licence to publish that work in whole or in part via the web or other formats, under the conditions the University specifies for its publications, including recognition of authorship.

Your own work



Is there anything else?

Who owns copyright in my assignments? You do.

If you create works with other students or staff, copyright will be shared between all of you – except in certain situations, e.g. the copyright in some film productions may be owned by the University as overall producer.
It is a condition of enrolment that you grant the University a non- exclusive licence to use any work you create as a student: details of this licence are in the University’s Intellectual Property Regulations
How do other people know that my work is protected by copyright? As soon as you create a work it is protected by copyright; it does not need to be registered. You can choose to mark your work with the copyright symbol and your name and date (e.g. © Peggy Brown, 2008) if you want to signal that you assert copyright in the work, but it isn’t a necessary step in order for copyright protection to apply. You may also want to use a Creative Commons licence on your own work.
What are Moral Rights?

Moral Rights are held by the author of a work - they include:

The Right of attribution – the right to be named as the author. Failure to correctly attribute a work is an infringement of the legislation.

The Right against false attribution - an author has the right not to have another person named as the author of their work, or to have their name attached to an altered version of their work without the alteration being acknowledged.


The Right of integrity – a work must not be treated in a derogatory way. It cannot be altered in any way that impugns the author’s honour or reputation.

The creator of an original work retains their Moral Rights regardless of who owns the copyright (including their employer) – Moral Rights cannot be sold or transferred; under certain circumstances a creator can consent to waive their rights.

Moral Rights have the same duration as copyright.

see: Moral Rights