Copyright is an intellectual property right assigned automatically to the creator that prevents unauthorised copying and publishing of an original work.
There are a number of important points for researchers in the above sentence from the UK Data Archive:
There is no requirement to register or claim copyright.
A PhD student owns copyright in their research, but copyright for work created during the course of employment would usually be owned by the employer.
The University waives this right in the case of collaborative research, either with other academic institutions or with commercial partners, then copyright may be jointly held.
This is to protect the intellectual or financial interests of the creator.
Researchers wishing to re-use the work should seek permission from the rights holder unless the re-use is covered by the fair dealing concept.
The UK Data Archive also states:
This means that content can be reproduced or re-used for the purposes of non-commercial research or private study, for criticism or review or for the reporting of current events, provided that it is accompanied by an acknowledgement of the source of the data. For other purposes, permission of the rights holder must be obtained.
Copyright regulations in the UK are defined by:
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