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Are you allowed to cite other people’s work or to use an image found on the Internet for your Master’s or PhD thesis? Who owns the copyright to a submitted thesis or to finished research? What should you be aware of when submitting an article to a publisher for publication? What is allowed when compiling a reader or other teaching material?

This guide to copyright is based on Dutch copyright law.

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Copyright in general

Briefly put, copyright is the right of the creator of a work to decide how, when and where the work is made public and duplicated. Copyright is automatically regulated by the Copyright Act. The creator/author does not have to do anything special. An author can transfer copyright completely or partly under license, for example to a publisher.

Duration of copyright

If the creator is a private person, the work remains in copyright until 70 years after his/her death. If the creator is an institution, it lasts until 70 years after the work was first made public.

Permission for use

The Copyright Act allows the use of parts of a work without permission of the copyright holder, provided certain rules are observed. For education, the rules for citation and for citing short passages are important. For the use of a work not covered by these rules permission must always be obtained beforehand from the copyright holder. Permission for use can be denied or permitted on payment of a fee. At the SURF website Copyright in Higher Education you can find extensive information on copyright. Use the search filters to refine the results by theme (publications, images and sound), target audience (students, lecturers, researchers) and role (author, user). Most of the answers have links to more relevant information.

Published by  Library UvA

21 July 2017