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Many of the items in the Library’s collections (both electronic and print) are protected by copyright. It is important for you to be aware of how copyright might affect your use of Library materials.


Private Study and Research

In accordance with Section 38 of the Copyright Ordinance, individuals may use copyrighted works (including but not limited to multimedia materials) to a reasonable extent, for private study or research.

Teaching and Learning

Teachers and students may play or show a multimedia item borrowed from the Library (including but not limited to recorded television broadcast programmes) for the purpose of giving or receiving instruction.

Online Teaching and Learning

Teachers and students may upload a reasonable portion of copyrighted works (including but not limited to multimedia items) to a University network (e.g. BU Moodle) for the purpose of giving or receiving instruction, provided that:

  • Security measures (e.g. requiring login with username and password) are adopted
  • Access is restricted to users enrolled in a specified course of study
  • The copyrighted works are hosted on the University network for a period not exceeding twelve consecutive months

School Performances

The playing or performing of a dramatic or musical work by teachers, students, or any other person in a school performance is permitted, providing that the activity takes place on the University premises and is not open to the general public.

Last updated: 08 August 2019