Copyright in theses

Copyright protects a work of art. When you write a text, paint a picture, or create a work of art of any kind, you have the copyright. The copyright is created as part of making the work of art, it does not require a registration. The period of protection runs from the work of art is created, throughout the creator’s life and 70 years after his or her year of death.

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If you have the copyright of a text #

When you’ve written a text, for instance a thesis, you have the copyright. You can administer the copyright in the way you wish.

Use of pictures, photos or illustrations #

Digital disclosure of pictures / photos (defined as art) in theses is to a large extent covered by BONO, the Norwegian Visual Artist Copyright Society.

Other questions can be directed to BONO via email.

If you want to use material that is not covered by BONO you need to request permission by the rightsholder to use the material (see to find more information about requesting permission to use copyrighted material (in Norwegian only).

Read more about copyright and use of images at "Search & write".

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 #

Follow our Innsida channel “Nytt fra Universitetsbiblioteket” (“News from the University Library”)

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