A copyright owner has certain legal and exclusive rights under the Copyright Acts which enables them to control use of their material. It is a general rule that it is an infringement of copyright to use someone else’s work without the permission of the copyright owner. However, several important exceptions apply such as copying by educational instititutions under the various licence agreements, and fair dealing for the purposes of research and study. See the Copyright for Staff and Copyright for Students pages and/or Smartcopying for more detailed information. If you are using images then check the Creative Commons and Images page.