Copyright for academic staff

On this page, the NTNU University Library has provided information about copyright that you need to be aware of when you publish your research.

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Brief information about copyright on intellectual and creative work #

  • Whoever creates a work of the intellect (an original literary, scientific or artistic work) automatically has the copyright to the work.
  • The copyright arises as soon as the work is created. No registration is needed.
  • Ideas and concepts are not protected by copyright.
  • Copyright generally lasts for 70 years after the author’s death.

Attributing credit/citation #

The author is entitled to be named (this is a perpetual right: ideal or moral), by the Norwegian Copyright Act § 3.

Economic rights #

The author’s economic rights may be transferred wholly or partially to a publisher.

Contracts with publishers #

Publishers are keen to secure exclusive rights. This means that they do not allow others to publish the same book, make the work available via the Internet, publish it as an audio book, produce a new but essentially equivalent work, and so on. (See also Norwegian Copyright Act, § 74).


NTNU’s publishing policy #

Knowledge developed at NTNU must be made known and available, including through open access publishing. NTNU’s Publishing Policy for 2014-2020 .

Open access is an important aspect of NTNU’s publishing policy. NTNU has a publishing fund where authors with a NTNU affiliation can apply for funding to cover article processing charges, both in Open Access journals and books.

Be on the alert for questionable publishers.

You can check a journal’s publishing policy in SHERPA/RoMEO.

Use of photographs and other material #

DelRett is an advisory service on copyright issues (in Norwegian).

As a principle, the author/rightholder must be asked for permission to use copyrighted material. For audio recording, this applies to everyone who contributes to the recording.

Agreements with Bono, Fono, Gramo, Norwaco, Kopinor or Tono secure all users easy and legal access to intellectual property, while the rightholders are paid so that new works can be created. List of rightholder organizations (in Norwegian).

Creative Commons #

You are free to use images with a Creative Commons licence. A CC licence concerns only the author’s copyright, and no other rights related to the work, such as the right to privacy (for example, for people depicted in a photograph).

  • You can also find photos via Flickr.

See Creative Commons.org or Creative Commons Norge for more information about Creative Commons and different licences.

Research ethics and plagiarism #

The Copyright Act provides the legal authority for citation in academic publications:

  • The Norwegian Copyright Act § 22 and the Norwegian Copyright Act § 23.

Useful links on research ethics and plagiarism #

Contact #

Anne L. Lorange - if you have feedback regarding the content on this page

Contact your local library - if you have other questions

See also #

Lov om opphavsrett til åndsverk (The Norwegian Copyright Act, in Norwegian.)

BONO

FONO

Gramo

Kopinor

TONO

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