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Guide to Copyright: Copyright for Students

Why you should know about copyright?

While as a student you may have fair use exemptions under use for educational purposes, you must still adhere to copyright regulations. You can still infringe copyright law.

While fair dealing allows for the copying of a single work for individual use, there are still limits that are laid out below. 

Limits on copyright

In general, fair use in terms of education only applies to a certain degree with copyrighted works. It does not apply when it leads to a significant infringement of the rights both financial and moral of the creator of the work. Meaning that it would affect people or you in particular from buying the work. This generally prohibits: 

  • Producing multiple copies of a work. 
  • Reproducing an entire work. 
  • Redistributing copies of the work.
  • Reproducing and selling copies of the work
  • Sharing copies of a work with a friend or family member. 
  • Reproducing substantial parts of the works, this, while incredibly vague, generally means to avoid reproducing more than 10% or a chapter of a book or 5% or one article from a journal issue. 

Any of these actions do not fall under fair dealing. 


Plagiarism also falls under copyright law. If you pass off someone else's work as your own without referencing the author, not only are you likely to face action from the collage you are infringing copyright law which specifically states that any use of another work must a have a suitable acknowledgement to that author. The library has a guide to avoid this which can be found at the link below. 

Video explaining students limits to fair dealing

The Library, Limerick Institute of Technology