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Copyright, Data Protection & GDPR: Copyright for Students : Getting Started

This guide sets out guidelines for copyright regarding library resources for students and staff in NCI.

Copyright Do's & Dont's

Copyright Do's & Dont's 

  • Copyright describes the rights given to authors/creators of certain categories of work 
  • Copyright is a legal term
  • Copyright is a property right & the owner of the work can control the use of that work with certain exceptions
  • The person who creates the work owns the copyright, so a photographer is the owner of the pictures they take
  • Copyright can be transferred by the owner to someone else, in some cases copyright is transferred to a publisher
  • Copyright owners can authorise or prohibit the following:-
  1. Copying of the work
  2. Performance of the work
  3. Making the work available to the public through broadcasting or recordings
  4. The making of an adaptation of the work
  • Employers own the work that is produced by employees during the course of their work unless an agreement exists to the contrary.

What Does Copyright Protect?

What Does Copyright Protect?

  • The Copyright & Related Rights Act 2000 recognises Copyright Protection for:-
  1. Original literary, dramatic, musical & artistic works (known as classical copyright)
  2. Film, sound recordings, broadcasts and the typographical arrangement of published editions, known as 'related rights' as they involve the exploitation of 'classical works' 
  3. Performances

Copyright License

NCI has taken out an Educational Copying License with the ICLA (Irish Copyright Licensing Agency) which gives permission to authorised personnel (i.e. current staff & students of NCI) to copy/reproduce material(s) under the terms of the copright license, these material(s) must:-

  • Not exceed 10% or a whole chapter of a book, whatever is the greatest
  • Not exceed more than 1 article from a periodical or journal
  • Not be a whole short story/poem greater than 10 pages in an anthology
  • Be for the educational purposes of NCI (National College of Ireland)
  • Be given sufficient acknowledgement with bibliographic citation 


Copyright & Fair Dealing

When using materials (in all formats, print, film, audio, electronic etc.) once it is being used for private research or study, it may be used without the permission of the author/copyright holder AS LONG as the original rights of the copyright holder are not breached.

You may use the work for criticism , review or in the reporting of current events, AS LONG as the original rights of the copyright holder are not breached & the author/title of the work is identified.

This is referred to as 'Fair Dealing' & does not include the reproduction of multiple copying; additional information may be retrieved from the Copyright Association of Ireland 

ICLA [Irish Copyright Licence Agency] Updated Higher Education Licence 2016/2017

This updated HE [Higher Education] License covers copying & scanning from books, journals, magazine & newspapers

The License provides annual blanket permissions to copy & reuse content from print & digital publications

It allows you to:

Make copies from digital & print books, magazines, newspapers & websites

Share copies with students & staff

Store copies on your intranet

Copy up to 1 article, chapter or 10% of the total, whichever is greater

Copy publications from Ireland plus many other international territories including the UK, USA, Australia, France, Germany, Spain & Italy

Include newspapers published in Ireland & the UK

Use images from publications included in the ICLA Licence

The purpose of the Licence is intended to broaden & enrich students' learning experience by enabling an institution to provide greater access to copyright materials, through creating course packs or putting reading material on VLEs [Virtual Learning Environments] such as Moodle.

Mary Buckley Librarian

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Mary Buckley
The Librarian, Norma Smurfit Library National college of Ireland Mayor Street IFSC Dublin 1 Ireland
(+353) 1 4498509


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