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Copyright Law

Copyright protects the economic rights of creators of certain types of original works.

In the UK, copyright law is governed by the ‌Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988.


The University of York holds several licences which enable staff and students to copy more than the amounts permitted by the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act.

Overview of University of York copyright licences:

A practical guide

How to:

  • follow the law and use licences when preparing teaching materials and course reading
  • request permission to copy work not covered in law
  • protect your own work

Find out more:

If you can't find the information you need you can contact the Library for advice:

Otherwise, please email and your enquiry will be dealt with by the appropriate team.

The copyright guidance presented here is for general information only and does not constitute legal advice. The University accepts no liability for any errors, omissions, or misleading statements in these pages, or for any loss which may arise from reliance on materials contained in these pages. If you need legal advice, please consult a lawyer.