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Are you allowed to quote from the work of another person or use an image found on the internet for your thesis or dissertation? Who owns the copyright on a submitted thesis or completed research project? What do you need to consider when submitting an article to a publisher for publication? What is permissible when putting together a reader or other learning materials? Patent rights or design rights may also come into play. So what are your rights and how do you respect those of others?

This Copyright Information Point provides the answers to these questions and others. You can also read the Intellectual Property and Knowledge Valorisation Regulations and the Guideline on Intellectual Property for Students and Institutions. If you have any other questions, send an email to the Copyright team of the Library at

General information about copyrights

Briefly put, a copyright is the right of the creator of a work to determine where and when that work is made public and copied. Copyrights are automatically governed by the Copyright Act. The creator/author does not need to do anything in this respect. An author can fully or partially transfer the copyright (to a publisher, for example). General information about Education and Copyrights: (Dutch).

If the creator is a private individual, the copyright will be valid for 70 years after his/her death; the right will be transferred to his/her heirs. If the creator is an institution, the copyright will be valid for 70 years after the first publication of the work.

Permission for use

The Copyright Act allows portions of a work to be used without the permission of the copyright holder on the condition that certain rules are observed. The rules for citation and short extracts are important in the context of education. Outside of these rules, the prior permission of the creator is always required to use a work. The creator can prohibit the use of the work or allow it (for a fee).
Detailed information on copyrights can be found on the SURF site Copyrights in higher education. You can use search filters to filter the results by theme (publications, images and sound), target group (students, lecturers, researchers) and role (author, user).

Published by  HvA Library 2 August 2022