Copyright guidelines for teachers

In a teaching situation, be careful when using other people’s illustrations (such as pictures and logos) for the purposes of
  • making PowerPoint presentations
  • distributing study material to your students
  • producing compendiums containing other people’s materials
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Your own teaching

When you teach others, your teaching is by definition considered “a work” and thus falls under the protection of the Act on Copyrights. Therefore, others are not allowed to film or sound record your teaching (e.g. using a smart phone) and publish it - unless you give them express permission. Copyright considerations aside, recording lectures or lessons corresponds to collecting personal information about the teacher, and for this reason your teaching also falls under the protection of the Act on the Processing of Personal Data.

Printed texts in teaching

The agreements between Copydan (the organisation administering the copyright on behalf of rights holders in Denmark) and the Danish universities set out some of the important guidelines for copying, scanning and printing.

The points below cover the main rules and define the maximum amount of pages that you are allowed to copy, print or scan from a publication per student per semester:

For journals, the percentage (see below) is calculated by the total number of pages in a publication year.


  • You may copy a maximum of 20 %, max. 50 pages per student per 6 months.

  • Regardless of the length of a publication you may always copy or print 4 pages.

Electronic materials from DTU Library

You may:

  • Print, download or make a copy for your own personal use
  • Cite and quote the work
  • Link to the journal or e-book website
  • Deep link to an article or a book chapter to be used in your teaching (i.e. in a reading list)

You may not:

  • E-mail, copy, print or in other ways distribute PDF files to others
  • Share files on the open internet
  • Share files on websites such as CampusNet even though such sites have restricted access and are password protected (e.g. it is not allowed to upload PDF files for teaching purposes)

A note regarding the use of e-compendiums

Please note that some of the publishing agreements that DTU has entered into allow for the production of course packs and e-compendiums.

Contact DTU Library at for more on this.

Danish Copyright Law

PilThe Danish Act on Copyright
   (in Danish)