Astrid Bovell on May 4th, 2011
Writing a thesis is a huge commitment and it’s worth understanding the copyright issues involved.
Knowing what your copyright obligations are and how to manage the copyright in your thesis is essential for keeping your options open in the future. If the copyright in your thesis isn’t handled correctly, it could cost you hours of backtracking to obtain the necessary permissions, or to locate relevant data and documentation. Worse than these wasted hours, is that it could even prevent you from publishing, presenting or making your thesis available on the web.
With the University now requiring that you submit a digital copy of your thesis, you will be asked if you want to make your thesis publicly available via the web. There are fair dealing provisions in the Copyright Act that allow students to use third party material for research and study without needing to obtain permission, but these provisions won’t cover this use if you publish or make your thesis publicly available!
To help you navigate through the copyright maze, this month we’re going to put up posts that focus on copyright issues and your thesis. So stay tuned for posts about publishing, permissions, managing research data, mandatory thesis deposit, how MSGR can help you and even an insight from a student.