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Are you allowed to quote from the work of another person or use an image found on the internet for your thesis or dissertation? Who owns the copyright on a submitted thesis or completed research project? What do you need to consider when submitting an article to a publisher for publication? What is permissible when putting together a reader or other learning materials?
This copyright guide is based on the Dutch Copyright Act.
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General information about copyright
Briefly put, a copyright is the right of the creator of a work to determine where and when that work is made public and copied. Copyrights are automatically governed by the Copyright Act. The author/maker does not need to do anything in this respect. A author/maker can fully or partially license their copyright (to a publisher, for example).
The duration of copyright
If the author/maker is a private individual, the copyright will be valid for 70 years after his/her death; the right will be transferred to his/her heirs. If the author/maker is an institution, the copyright will be valid for 70 years after the first publication of the work.
Permission for use
The Copyright Act allows portions of a work to be used without the permission of the copyright holder, provided that certain rules are observed. The rules for citation and short extracts are important in the context of education. Outside these rules, the prior permission of the author/maker is always required to use a work. The author/maker can prohibit the use of the work or allow it for a fee. The SURF site Copyrights in higher education (Dutch) has detailed information about copyright. You can use search filters to filter the results by theme (publications, images and sound), target group (students, lecturers, researchers) and role (author, user). With most answers, you can click for more relevant information.