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Copyright Information Site


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 ('Auteurswet 1912'). Questions about copyright? Mail to If you have any other questions, please contact the Library.

Copyright in education and research

Students, lecturers and researchers often use and reuse third-party materials in works such as teaching materials or a thesis. The Copyright Act allows portions of a work to be used without the permission of the copyright holder, provided that certain rules are observed.
Detailed information on copyright can be found in SURF’s article on Copyright in higher education. You can use search filters to filter the results by theme (publications, images and sound), target group (student, lecturer, researcher) and role (author, user). With most answers, you can click through to get more information.