The Higher Education Institutions (HEI) Agreement
The agreement between the University of Skövde and Bonus Copyright Access (external link) governs opportunities for copying and sharing teaching materials. The Guide to Reproduction at Higher Education Institutions (pdf) provides an overview of the rules.
The agreement applies to both teaching staff and students. Issues dealt with by the agreement include how much of a publication can be copied and how copies can be used and distributed.
Specific subscriptions such as the University’s journal subscriptions are not covered by the agreement.
The Swedish Copyright Act
The Swedish Act on Copyright in Literary and Artistic Works (1960:729) governs the rights of writers, composers, artists and other creators to determine how their artistic and literary works can be used.
According to § 12 of the act, one or a few copies of an article or other short publication may be made for private use. For a normal sized book, such as a course book, only limited parts of the book may be copied.
The act does not define what is meant by limited parts. However, this means that only a small part of a work may be copied, and not as much as half or almost half of a work. Making copies for purposes such as one’s own studies and one’s own research counts as private use.
- Refero (external link) is a web-based guide that helps you to understand what plagiarism is and how to avoid it. It has been produced by the libraries at Blekinge Institute of Technology and Linnaeus University.
- Ouriginal (external link) is a system that the University uses to prevent and detect plagiarism. The Plagiarism Handbook (pdf, external link) has been produced to help students.
Copyright and degree projects
On the University of Borås website there is information on what to consider regarding copyright when writing a degree project, for example how you may use images.