Seeking permission to reuse from a copyright owner
You'll require permission to reuse work if the relevant licences held by the University and/or the copyright exceptions do not allow you to use the work in the way you wish.
Obtaining copyright permission can be a lengthy process, and rights owners may charge a fee for the reuse of their material. Please contact our team if you need help or advice.
Copyright in audio and visual recordings
There are several different rights that relate to ownership of recordings of audio and video content including copyright, performance rights, and moral rights. For staff involved in developing audio and video teaching resources and recording content outside of teaching provision including recording webinars, podcasts, or conference presentations the University has a suite of guidance and consent forms.
Contact us if you have any questions regarding the appropriate form to use
Audience members in lecture recordings
If an audience is included and they are the focus of the recording:
- It is good practice to advise attendees in advance when the recording will take place, the purpose of the recording and to whom it will be made available.
- You should provide an area within the lecture theatre where images will not be recorded, for individuals who do not wish to be captured on camera.
Visit Jisc for more information about the legal implications of recording lectures.
Posting your published research articles on academic sharing websites
Academic social networking sites, copyright law and your contract terms
As part of the publishing process, the author normally assigns their copyright to the publisher. This means the publisher will own the copyright and can control the reuse of the article.
Publishers do not normally permit articles to be published on a commercial server.
If you have assigned your copyright to a publisher and signed a contract (Copyright Transfer Agreement), then you are legally bound to comply with the contract terms and statute law on copyright.
You should check the terms of the contract you entered into with the publisher to determine if this type of reuse is permitted.
You may find it useful to check the Sherpa/Romeo site for publisher policies.
The difference between the institutional repository and academic sharing sites
Publishers have provided non-commercial exceptions to their Copyright Transfer Agreements to allow manuscripts to be made available via not-for-profit servers only.
Not-for-profit servers are typically institutional repositories.
Commercial sites (such as ResearchGate or Academia.edu) are not covered by the exceptions. Many publishers explicitly forbid using these commercial sites as a means of publishing. Additionally, posting to these sites does not meet research funder Open Access compliance requirements.
Sharing your article if you have not assigned copyright to a publisher
Sharing your article on an academic social networking is lawful if you retain the copyright.
Always check a website's terms and conditions for information on reuse, sharing and copyright.