Note: This guidance is under review by Information Services
In the course of their duties, University staff generate numerous materials in which copyright will subsist. Copyright is a non-registrable legal protection which arises as soon as relevant creative output is generated. It allows the copyright owner to take action to prevent the unauthorised copying or use of any literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work in which there is any element of creative effort. Thus lecture notes, course materials, academic books and papers, figures, technical drawings, research data, slides, overheads, PowerPoint presentations, conference papers, posters, web pages and software and text books will all be copyright protected. The medium on which the products of creative effort are presented is immaterial to their capacity to receive copyright protection, so that electronic or hard copy versions of a document are protected equally.
This is an area where the law is frequently updated in response to changes in both communications technology and business practices. Any policy must be the subject of constant review, in the light of both legislative changes and the clarification of existing law in the light of judicial decisions represented in case law.