KUB Copyright Service: Copyright for teachers

Your copyright as a lecturer

Basically, as a lecturer the intellectual property rights to educational material that you compile is yours. If you use others’ protected works in your educational material, you do not take over the copyright for these materials. Please pay attention to the rules according to the Copydan Writing (in Danish) and VISDA (in Danish) agreements as to the use of others’ works.

How to create stable links

Enter a DOI-number (Digital Object Identifier – the unique ID-number of any digital article) in the text box below and click the button "Lav dybdelinket".

Some databases do not use DOI-numbers but instead use so-called permalinks. These links can generally be in your texts.

Enter DOI-number:

Deep link:

You have now generated a link with a DOI-number that you can copy and use to make stable references.

Deep links

Deep links are links to online resources, that bypass a main site and instead link directly to e.g. an online article.

For more information, see here

Copyright for teachers

If you are a lecturer at University of Copenhagen, how much may you copy, scan, and print to your students? And what about the use of photos and movies in your lectures? Settle your questions on this page where we outline and explain the rules.

The rules regarding copying literary materials for educational purposes – both printed and digital

Below please find information on the current rules regarding copying literary materials in accordance with the agreement between Copydan Writings and University of Copenhagen. You can find the agreement here (in Danish).

Please notice that the agreement does not replace subscription and licence agreements that Copenhagen University Library has concluded with other rights holders like licence agreements on digital journals and digital books available in REX

What lies within the concept of “copying”?

  • Photocopying (from paper to paper).
  • Scan and print (from paper to digital file. From the internet and other digital media to print on paper).
  • Digital copying (from a digital format to another digital format. You may copy paste, download, or in other ways copy. digitally from digital media and files like homepages, e-books, CD-ROMs, and PDF-files).

How much may I copy?

  • Copy no more than 20%, to a maximum of 50 pages, per student semi-annually of each material
  • No matter the length of a publication you may always copy or print 4 pages.
  • The percentage is calculated from the total number of pages of a journal’s given annual volume.

What may I copy?

  • All types of published texts, for instance books, journals and sheet music etc. Remember always to cite references: title, author, publishing house/publishers, year of publication, for instance a copy of the title page, or the colophon.
  • You may photocopy and print newspapers.
  • Digital resources like digital books and articles duly found and found open on the internet.
  • Both Danish and foreign publications.

What may I not copy?

  • Do not make digital copies of e-articles, e-books, or other digital resources form databases or search catalogues accessible by password like REX
  • Do not copy or scan newspapers digitally.
  • Single use materials (courseware for written entries into the material itself) may not be copied.

How do I share digital copies with my students?

  • Through Absalon, as you may only distribute copies through an intranet protected by a password. You may not share digital copies through for instance e-mail or Dropbox. 

Rules on the use of pictures in an educational setting

University of Copenhagen has entered into an agreement with Copydan Visuals that enables lecturers and students at University of Copenhagen to use all forms of pictures protected by copyright for educational and studying purposes. You find the agreement here (in Danish). The agreement is currently prolonged and therefore still valid.

What may I do according to the agreement?

  • You may collect and use pictures from open sites on the internet.
  • Scan and use pictures from printed materials like for instance books, journals and magazines.
  • Use all kinds of pictures to for instance smartboard or power point presentations.
  • Share pictures with other lecturers and students at UCPH through e-mail.
  • Set up a picture library on Absalon.
  • Use pictures in power point presentations outside UCPH at institutions who have similar agreements with Copydan Visuals, like Aalborg University, or Aarhus University

What may I not do according to the agreement?

  • Do not use the pictures outside University of Copenhagen at institutions that do not have similar agreements with Copydan Visuals.
  • Apply the pictures for uses other than educational ones.
  • Change the pictures.
  • Make the pictures available on open networks.

In addition, University of Copenhagen has concluded an agreement with the picture agency Colourbox on free use of pictures for the employees and students of the university. Please pay attention to the fact that the agreement with Colourbox works totally independently of the agreement with Copydan Visuals.

The use of film and television in lectures

University of Copenhagen has not reached any direct agreement with Copydan AVU-medier leaving you any opportunity to show entire films during courses. Therefore, at present you may not show entire films for educational purposes unless you have directly obtained permission for showing the films from the copyright holders.

University of Copenhagen is affiliated with an AVU-Basis (in Danish) and an AVU-Plus (in Danish) agreement through the Ministry of Higher Education and Science and the State and University Library. These two agreements permit lecturers at University of Copenhagen to use telecasts, promotion films, documentaries etc. from a wide choice of both Danish and foreign channels. Click on the links in the agreements to get more information on which channels and types of programs you may use. 


KUnet's Teaching Portal

In UCPH’s teaching portal KUnet you may among other things find didactic tools, digital learning resources and instructions for Absalon.

Teach Legally

UBVA has made the website undervislovligt.dk (teach legally) where you can read about e-learning and online education and about your options when it comes to using material made by others in your class material, e.g. pictures, texts, music, videoes, etc., and you can read about your own rights.

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