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What can you use in your research?

If you make use of someone else's material in your research, you need to be aware of both copyright and good research practice:

  • In your research you are entitled to quote the work of others providing it is done according to good practice. You can read more about citations and correct referencing on the Researcher portal.
  • If you want to use other people's images, graphs, etc., in your research publication, you must have permission from the rights holder (usually both author and publisher).

    However, the Copyright Act § 23,1 gives you permission to use published artworks, i.e. photographic works, art or architecture. This type of work may be used without permission from the rights holder, provided it is done in the context of an academic text, and as long as it is not done for commercial purposes.

If, in your research you make use of personal data, there are some special considerations you should be aware of. You can read more about the treatment of personal data on the Researcher portal in the Data Protection Act and on the Data Protection Agency's website.

If you would like to find out more

You can read more on the Researcher portal which contains a thorough description of a number of legal and ethical issues that are particularly important for researchers. The Researcher portal is developed by the Committee for the Protection of Scientific Work (UBVA) under the umbrella organization, The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.