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Last Updated: Jan 18, 2018     Views: 255

There is no need to seek permission if you want to incorporate a number of short quotations into your thesis or publication, but you must acknowledge the sources and provide full reference details.

If you want to include more substantial extracts of text, or images, diagrams, etc. from other sources, then it would be necessary to check the terms and conditions of the website where you found the material, check the terms and conditions of any relevant licence agreement or seek specific permission from the copyright holder.

When you submit your thesis or publication, you will be required to sign a form or agreement confirming that you have the appropriate permissions to include the copyright material.

When seeking permission, do so in writing including details of the material you want to use and for what purpose. For theses, mention that your theses will be made available online in espace and the proposed use is non-commercial. For publications, you will need to mention that the use relates to a commercial publication. If the copyright holder gives you permission, retain the response for your records, comply with any conditions imposed by the copyright holder and indicate in your thesis or publication that you are using the material with permission.

For theses, if you can’t get permission, you can still retain the third-party copyright material in the version submitted for examination but you will have to arrange to have the content suppressed from the electronic copy of the thesis before it is placed in espace. See Higher degree theses students for more details.

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