Using and sharing other’s work when in distance mode. Bonus copyright access agreement.

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Bonus copyright access agreement in distance mode

As a teacher you probably know that thanks to the agreement between Swedish higher education and Bonus copyright access, the rights holders’ organization, we are able to use and share copyright protected material in our teaching and lecturing.

But how does this work in the distance mode we are now in? What are we allowed to do and what can we not do when working and meeting our students digitally?

The agreement gives us the right to use both Swedish and international copyrighted material from web pages, electronic publications, the press, printed books and other material that has been made public.

In this distance mode when we work remotely you and your students can use this material within a closed, pass word- protected, network, such as Lisam, which is only available to faculty, staff and students.

Students and teachers can for educational purposes, in an educational context:

  • scan
  • save digitally
  • post and share in a closed network (like Lisam)
  • display on screen
  • share via e-mail

There are limitations; the 15/15 rule applies even here. You can copy and share 15 %, but not more than 15 pages, from one and the same printed book, per student per calendar half-year. You can copy material corresponding to 15 A4 pages from one and the same digital publication per student per term. For electronic publications the same applies for material corresponding to a maximum of 15 A4 pages. Other agreements are required to use recorded music, films, radio and TV programmes. When it comes to publisher-produced compulsory course literature the 15/15 rule applies, besides this you can copy a small section for a powerpoint or prezi presentation and you are allowed to copy a small section for use in an examinating task

Do not forget to cred and quote as usual

Remember that authors and photographers always own the moral rights and must be quoted with name and from where you have copied the material.

Read more about the  Bonus copyright agreement here:

You can also use material licensed with Creative commons license, e.g. such texts published Open access, where the author decides how a piece of work can be used by others.

Read more about CC here:


Skrivet av Britt Omstedt, Campus Norrköpings bibliotek
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