Copying for Learning and Research

Copying for personal use is governed by the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (CDPA) which permits limited copying for learning and research.

Copying for personal use – is it legal?

Copying more than an insubstantial amount of a copyright work is unlawful unless:

  • you have the copyright owner’s permission

or: -

  • the copying you want to do is permitted by an exception in the CDPA

The owner’s permission may be given by licence, for example a Creative Commons licence, or by seeking express permission.

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