Copyright when copying
A person who has created a work (regardless of whether this is in a printed, electronic or other form) has a form of protection, copyright, for his work in accordance with the Copyright Act (1960:729). No registration or the like is required in order for protection under the Copyright Act to apply. A work that is covered by copyright must not normally be used (e.g. by producing copies, regardless of the form and method, reproducing this or by making it available to the general public) without the permission of the originator. A person wishing to use another person’s work must, therefore, follow certain rules so as not to infringe upon the originator’s rights.
A student at Linköping University is able to use the university library’s agreement to copy and download material protected by copyright for personal use. Otherwise, students are not entitled to copy course books on the University’s photocopiers.
As regards other published literary works in written form, each individual may produce one or a few copies of limited parts of the work for private use, e.g. a chapter, or produce one or a few copies of the work if the work is of a limited extent, e.g. a poem or a short story consisting of a limited number of pages. The copy must not be used for any purposes other than private use. Private use means the student’s own studies and does not include, for example, any right to copy material for other students or, once the student’s studies are complete, pass on – let alone sell – copied material to future fellow students.
Consequences: If you do not respect the provisions in the Copyright Act, you will run the risk of being prosecuted for an offence under the Copyright Act and may be fined or imprisoned.
Last updated: 2012-02-07