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automatically once a work is fixed in some form, which could be print, digital or 3D format, so both published and unpublished works are protected by copyright. The length of time a work is protected by copyright depends on what type of work it is.
All members of NTU staff and others working on behalf of Nottingham Trent University are responsible for ensuring that their use of copyrighted material abides by the laws on copyright. The aim of this page on copyright is to provide staff with an introduction to those areas of copyright which impact most on their teaching activity at NTU and to help staff to avoid copyright infringement.
NTU Guidance (available from NOW Central)
- Copyright guide for materials being added to NOW
- Using Creative Commons licences for educational resources
- Copyright in Educational Resources Policy (available on eCentral)
- Intellectual Property Policy (available on eCentral)
- Intellectual Property: Summary for Students (available on eCentral)
- Computer Use Regulations (available on eCentral)
- Film and Music Licence Guidance
- Copyright Licensing Agency
- Copyright Licensing Agency Permissions Check Tool
- CLA Higher Education Copyright Licence Good Practice Guide in the creation of course packs
- JISCLegal Tutorial: Copyright Training for University Lecturers
- Exceptions to Copyright: An Overview produced by the Intellectual Property Office
- Intellectual Property Office’s Copyright Information
- Copyright Hub
- Copyright User
- UK Copyright Literacy
The University views plagiarism as an academic irregularity; there are a number of different penalties which may be applied to plagiarism offences, ranging from capped marks to termination of studies. Here you will find links to teaching materials which can be used to help students understand the concept of plagiarism, and guidance for staff in the use of Turnitin.
Support for plagiarism
The Library Learning and Teaching Team can provide tailored help, support and training for staff plagiarism queries.