In the course of their duties, members of the University generate numerous materials in which copyright will subsist.
Copyright is a non-registrable legal protection which arises as soon as relevant creative output is recorded. 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 an element of creative effort. Thus lecture notes, course materials, academic books and papers, textbooks, figures, technical drawings, research data, PowerPoint presentations, conference papers, posters, web pages, software and theses will all be copyright protected.
The medium by which the products of creative effort are presented is immaterial to their capacity to receive copyright protection, so that digital or hard copy versions are protected equally.