Copyright material is important in that it can help your academic reputation, future research and promotion prospects as well as help you financially.
Maintaining control over the copyright in your research material, allows you to influence these outcomes. So ask:
For researchers, copyright affects you in 2 areas:
See the Copyright Basics tab.
See also the Photocopying and Scanning and Document Delivery boxes on this page; For Students tab for further information on copying from other types resources.
See also the Why is Copyright Important in Research? box on this page.
Students: As creator of works, you own copyright in your research materials. This includes essays, theses, journal articles, reports, conference papers, books, diagrams, tables, datasets and photographs.
Staff: Generally copyright in research and administrative materials is owned by the University, but copyright in research expressed in books and articles belongs to the creator of them.
For more detailed information, see University Material - Who Owns Copyright?
Intellectual Property (IP) "refers to creations of the mind: inventions, literary and artistic works, and symbols, names, images, and designs used in commerce" (WIPO).
Research students and staff develop all sorts of IP material in their research and most of this IP is copyright material such as books, articles, tables, reports, diagrams, datasets, editions, photographs, computer programs, music and films, and therefore protected under copyright law.
Check UC's Policy on Intellectual Property.
You may copy for your personal research and study: