As a student, you use sources that are subject to copyright, for example, when you are writing a paper or written assignments. What you create during your studies is also protected by copyright. Here we have gathered information that is particularly important in regard to copyright – yours and others.

Right to decide on what you create

Copyright means that the creator of a work has the right to decide how it may be used and disseminated. It may, for example, involve books, presentations, music, texts, artwork or photographs. The copyright applies regardless of whether the work is presented in printed or electronic form (e.g. on the internet).

Your academic paper is protected by copyright

As a student, you own the copyright to what you create during your studies, for example, degree projects and written assignments. If your teacher wants to use the material in teaching or publish it on the internet, your consent is required.

About copyright

  • Copyright is regulated in the Copyright Act.
  • Copyright applies automatically when a piece of work is created.
  • It applies for 70 years after the creator’s death. After this time, the work may be freely reproduced.

Keep this is mind before copying course literature

It is permitted to make one or a few copies of a piece of work covered by copyright for private use.
In the case of literary work, such as textbook, you may only copy a limited part of the book, for example, one chapter. It is therefore not permitted to copy an entire book for private use. Copying protected material may become very costly.

Right to cite a piece of work

You have the right to cite copyrighted work. This means that you have the possibility of “borrowing” an excerpt for the purpose of a written assignment, provided that it is stated that it is a quote and that you specify the creator.

Lecture material may not be disseminated

Lectures are also protected by copyright You have the right to take notes on what the teacher says and you may use the material for private use. However, you may not copy or disseminate the lecture through selling it in compendium form or in some other way. Nor may you record a lecture and share it with others without the teacher’s consent.

If there are several authors

If multiple people have collaborated to create a piece of work – and it is not possible to distinguish the individual contributions as independent work – the creators have a joint copyright. 

Regulations for the University logotype

  • The logotype may only be used when the University is the sender
  • The logo may be used when the University is co-organizer and / or is involved in financing a conference, seminar or similar
  • As a consequence of the above, for the student work, the Halmstad University logotype may not be used directly on surveys, surveys or the like. If the logotype is to be included in a letter, teachers, supervisors or equivalent must write a cover letter with the University letter template.
  • The logo may be used on approved degree projects and essays at master level and when the student work and / or the thesis after examination participates in contexts where it represents the University.