What is copyright?

When an author writes a book, its content is protected by copyright. Copyright laws stop other people from copying or sharing the content of the book without the author’s permission.

Of course, copyright doesn’t just apply to books. It applies to all original material, such as online programs and this webpage!

The laws around copyright are strict; fines, penalties, and criminal charges apply if copyright is infringed.

Why are copyright laws so strict?

Copyright laws protect the copyright holder so they can continue to create original material for us all to enjoy.

Do schools have to obey copyright laws?

Yes, all educational institutions must obey copyright laws.

Can I copy online or digital content?

If you copy material from websites and digital products to share in your classroom, be aware that copyright laws apply. In most cases, you can only copy or communicate 10% of the content. In some cases, you might not even be allowed to copy that much; some websites and digital products have terms and conditions that restrict your right to copy the content.

Can I copy University Road products?

UR’s products are protected by copyright laws.

How can I be sure I’m following copyright laws?

If you are still not sure what you can use, copy or communicate, just ask us! Email us at with details of how you want to use our materials and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Note: Information on this page does not constitute legal advice.