Copyright guidelines for students

The copyright of a work belongs to the person or persons who created it - regardless of whether the work consists of a text, a picture, a lecture, a discussion or a translation.

Texts, images and other works are protected for 70 years after the death of the copyright holder - after which they may be used freely (provided proper citation and credit is given). You may not pass off another person’s work as your own.

Provided you use proper citation, you are allowed to quote from protected works, but only to a very limited degree. Learn more about citing, quoting and about how to avoid plagiarizing at:

You are allowed to:
  • Scan or copy text from books and journals for your own personal use
  • Quote from other people’s works provided you give proper citation and credit
  • Quote from webpages provided you give proper citation and credit
  • Use pictures whose copyright has expired
  • Film or sound record a lecture if the teacher/speaker (including fellow students) has given permission

You are not allowed to:
  • Scan or copy text from books and journals on behalf of others
  • Forward files you have access to as a student (such as journal articles) to others
  • Copy other people’s texts and pass them off as your own
  • Use copyright protected images as illustrations in your assignments (such as graphs in an essay) without the permission of the copyright holder

Tip: Images

DTU has made an agreement with Colourbox, providing all teachers and students with a so-called "education licence".

This means that you may download 30 images for free every month and use these for non-commercial purposes, including teaching.

PilRead more at Portalen
   (requieres DTU login)

Danish Copyright Law

PilThe Danish Act on Copyright
   (in Danish)