Copyright for student and teacher

As a student and teacher, you will need to use different sources that are subject to copyright. This subpage page provides information and links to copyright resources to support you on this issue.

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Copyright consists partly of economic rights and partly of moral rights.

Economic rights refer to the author's rights to decide for themselves how the literary or artistic work can be used, reproduced or made available to the public.

The rights holder may transfer the rights or allow someone else to use the work. The scope of the transfer or right of use is normally regulated by contract.

Moral rights mean the right of the author to be named as the author. The author may also object to the work being modified or made available in a form or context that is offensive to the author. The moral right cannot be transferred, but the author may refrain from asserting his moral right.

» Copyright Act (in Swedish)

» The Legal Handbook, a guide to the internet for teachers and students (in Swedish)

» Introduction to copyright (in Swedish)

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Height of work is required to be covered by copyright

In order for a work to be covered by copyright, it must have some form of authorial height. That is, it should have some kind of independence or originality. The requirement for height is usually set very low and has nothing to do with quality. However, very simple works are not covered by copyright.

Copyright is technology-independent and covers both analogue and digital works. It does not matter where the work is published, on the open web or on pages with limited access such as a learning management system, the work can still be covered by copyright.

The work does not have to be fixed, for example written down, to get protection, but also an oral lecture, an unprepared speech or an improvisation is a work protected by copyright.

Copyright arises when the work is created

Copyright is formless and arises automatically when the work is created. No registration or other formalities are required for the work to be subject to copyright. The copyright symbol © has no legal effect in Sweden, but rather serves as a reminder of copyright protection.

As a rule, copyright lasts for the lifetime of the author and 70 years after his/her death. If the work has several authors, the term of protection is counted from the year of death of the last deceased.

After the term of protection has expired, the work can be freely used.