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Material from the Internet

Finding relevant course material online can be quick and easy, but it can be much more difficult to assess whether or not you may share this material with your students. The main rules are:

You are permitted to link directly to e-articles and e-books

Linking directly to e-articles and e-books is permitted when the material itself has been made freely available legally or AU Library has purchased access to the material. See how you can ensure that your links also work from home.

Uploading articles and book chapters to Blackboard is sometimes permitted

If you have downloaded material from a database, an e-journal or an e-book that you only have access to because you are employed at AU, then it is AU Library's licence agreement with the relevant publisher which determines what you are permitted to do with the material:

You can also check for yourself whether or not you may upload an article to Blackboard by looking it up on and following this guide:

Guide: How to check for license information

Download guide as PDF

Free material on the Internet is also protected by copyright

Freely available  material on the Internet, e.g. websites, reports or Open Access articles, are also protected by copyright. You may, however, share such material with your students if the rights holder has clearly marked that file-sharing is permitted via a Creative Commons license or via a note in the document, or on the website.

Aarhus University's Copydan agreement [Copydan Writing] also permits the posting of material on Blackboard, albeit with the following limitations:

  • You are permitted to copy (upload) 20% of an item (providing it does not exceed 50 pages), per student per semester.


The report Social ulighed i Sundhed is freely available on the Danish Health Authority’s website. It is 56 pages: You are permitted to print or upload 11 pages of the report.

If the material you would like to share exceeds the Copydan limits, then link to it instead.

Remember to reference the source

Whether you link to or upload material, always remember to acknowledge the source: Title, author and publisher.



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).



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Revised 31.03.2017


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