Copying and Downloading are part of College Life: During the course of your studies you will encounter the need to photocopy and download materials for your coursework and research, e.g. book chapters, journal articles, webpages, images etc.
It's the Law: This material is covered under Irish copyright law and it is your responsibility to keep within the law when copying and downloading material.
UCD Obligation: UCD has a responsibility to ensure compliance with the terms and conditions of the "Irish Copyright Licensing Agency Higher Education License" (ICLA)
All assessed work must be referenced correctly, especially so that you avoid any accusations of plagiarism. See our guides and online tutorials on How to Cite and Reference and How to Avoid Plagiarism.
All materials included must have full acknowledgment. Assessed work that includes copied materials can only be given to your assessor. Any future use will require permission by the rights holder.
In order to avoid breaching copyright when preparing your thesis, make sure that you reference correctly and always check copyright restrictions when using third-party materials.
Unless the item is clearly labelled as copyright free you should apply the ‘fair dealing’ terms to it.
Music, films and sound recordings are not covered by ‘fair dealing’ and cannot be copied or downloaded without permission.
Can I download or print items that the Library provides, such as ebooks, journals or databases?
Ebooks, journals and databases provided by the Library are subject to licence agreements with each publisher. In most cases you can download and/or print within limits for your own research. See our section on Photocopying and Scanning for more information on this.
Music, films and sound recordings are not covered by ‘fair dealing’ and cannot be copied or downloaded without permission. Some sites allow legal sharing using a creative commons licence.
Creative Commons is a non-profit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools. Items with this symbol are available under a creative commons licence. For more information see their website https://creativecommons.org/
Downloading, file-sharing, linking, or emailing illegally copied material is as illegal as making the original copy.
The information contained within these pages is intended as a general guideline, and an interpretation of current copyright issues. It is not intended and should not be construed as legal advice.
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