Copydan agreements

Aarhus University has entered into three agreements with Copydan - one for text, one for images and one for AV material.

Copydan Writing

Aarhus University's agreement with Copydan Writing gives you the possibility to copy, print and scan text material for teaching purposes. The agreement applies to both Danish and foreign publications, whether they are published in printed or electronic form (but see exceptions below).

  • According to the agreement you are permitted to copy, print or scan up to 20% of a publication with, however, a maximum limit of 50 pages per student per semester. Read more about copying, printing and scanning.
  • Digital copies can only be placed on a password-protected network, such as Blackboard.

Exceptions: the following publications are not covered by the Copydan Writing agreement.

  • E-journals and e-books purchased via AU Library's licensing agreements. Read more about which rules apply to the use of these materials.
  • Newspaper articles must not be copied digitally. You may, however, photocopy and print from the Internet.  

Copydan Visual

Aarhus University's agreement with Copydan Visual makes it possible to use images (e.g., paintings, drawings, photographs, illustrations, figures, and graphs) in your teaching. The agreement covers both printed standalone pictures, (i.e. pictures that are not used together with a text), and digital images freely available on the Internet. This gives you the possibility to:

  • Copy or print images and use them in handouts or compendia.
  • Scan or download images and transfer them to, for example, PowerPoint, smart-boards, Blackboard or similar. 

Read more on the use of images in teaching

Copydan (AVU Medier)

Aarhus University's agreement with Copydan (AVU Medier) gives you the possibility to make use of radio and television broadcasts, as well as adverts in teaching.

You can either stream broadcasts directly from Mediestream or bring your own recordings to your classes.

Read more about the use of radio and television broadcasts in your teaching

What is copyright?

Copyright protects the creators of texts, music, images, websites, television broadcasts, databases, etc. The vast majority of works are protected by copyright. The copyright represents a balance between creator and user. One should therefore be aware of one’s own copyright, as well as respecting the rights of others. Developments in the digital world have brought an increased focus on copyright, this also applies to the use of copyrighted material within universities.

Copyright law

What is Copydan?

Copydan is an association that manages the copyright of a range of rights holders. This management of rights consists of the collection and redistribution of remuneration in connection with copyrights held under licensing agreements. Read more at

Framework agreements

Framework Agreement of 1 January, 2017, between Aarhus University and Copydan, on the reproduction of copyrighted material.

(Agreement on scanning and storage possibilities, as well as rights when producing course packs)

Agreement of 16 May, 2012 between Aarhus University and Copydan Visual concerning the use of images at Aarhus University.

(Agreement on the lawful use of individual printed and digital pictures in teaching materials)

Copydan Visual has a brief description of the agreement (in danish).