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This section of the guide is addressed to all members of the University community both students and staff. As an academic staff member, you are probably expected to publish. As a student, you may hope to publish. As a professional staff member, you may wish to publish your own work or may be involved in preparing others’ material for publication. With the growth of the world wide web, publishing is no longer a high-cost slightly rarified activity, but an everyday low-cost one within the reach of anyone. This means you need to be aware of the copyright issues involved.

Presenting at international conferences

Conference presenters must adhere to the copyright laws of the conference host country. Best practice is to consult the conference organisers about what copyright obligations may be in that country.

In many cases, the conference proceedings may be published, either openly online or in a subscription database. If your paper is going to be published, then your need to ensure that any third-party copyright material (not written by you personally) is done so with the relevant permissions.

International copyright agreements and treaties provide some basic guidance and common principles upon which to act. One important treaty is the Berne Convention which provides common standards of copyright protection for member countries. 180 countries have ratified this treaty, which is administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

Useful websites:

Learn more: RightsDirect: International Copyright Basics