Copyright regulations

What are the copyright regulations for the use of course literature and other copyright protected material?

Literature / text

Electronic subscription resources:

Chapters and articles will be available for students, along with other literature, via Talis Aspire Reading lists. The system makes it easier for BI to manage reading lists, and gives students direct access to everything BI has access to online.

Link up the reading list to itslearning for easy access for students. Pdf-files of articles available online should not be copied into its learning. The library will assist in preparing your course list - please contact Kristin Danielsen.

Printed material:

BI’s management team has decided that, from autumn 2017,  article collections will be printed only in exceptional cases.

The Kopinor agreement states the right to digital reproduction (scanning) and photocopying of course literature and other works, to an annual:

From books:

  • Up to 15 % of a book’s total number of pages can be copied. Bibliographic information about the excerp must be specified in the course description, as BI has to report the use of copyrighted material from books to Kopinor. “A collection of articles” is not sufficient information. Kopinor may check up on this
  • If the excerp exceeds 15 %, BI has to clear the use of all pages with the copyriht holder and pay an additional copyright clearance fee for all pages. In such cases, please contact Dagmar Langeggen.
  • BI’s management team has decided that article collections will be printed only in exceptional cases.
  • Each extract should be marked as follows:
    "This material is protected pursuant to the Norwegian Copyright Act and has been fully or partly produced pursuant to agreement with Kopinor. The material may be used by students studying the subject in question, for their own studies, in any format and on any platform. Any other reproduction or publication not explicitly authorised by the rightsholder is only permitted if allowed by law (reproduction for private use, quotation, etc.) or agreement with Kopinor

From scientific journals:

  • No more than one article from one individual issue per course.
  • There are no limitations on the extent of reproduction from other periodical publications such as newspapers, weekly periodicals, and cultural and professional journals. The same applies for material published on open websites. Works authored by yourself, if you have retained the copyright, and works by authors who died more than 70 years ago, are also free to copy.

See the Kopinor licence agreement

Printing article collections: Find information here.

When using copyright protected material, remember to give credit to the creators: The author must be named, and the title and source of the work must be stated.

Content from internet

  • Copyright regulations also applies to content on the open Internet. When reusing Internet material, you must be sure that works are published legally.

Freely available web content

Student assignments

  • Any use of student assignments on itslearning or in class, requires approval from the student(s) responsible. This applies even if the assignment is made anonymous (name and student number removed, as required by the Data protection authority). Due to the chance of faculty reuse of exams, the Student administration prefers student assignments not to be distributed.


  • From YouTube:  Motion pictures on YouTube are often posted illegally, and therefore should not be shown in class. Podcasts, short films etc. are more likely legal postings. The Norwegian copyright law is more flexible with regards to using copyright material in a clear pedagogical setting than for commercial purposes. Make sure to name the originator.
  • You may post film clips of 10-15 minutes, as this is covered by the right to quote from a published work.  Remember to cite the source properly.
  • Films: BI has a licence agreement with MPLC (Motion Picture Licensing Company). This means that copyrights are cleared for showing an entire documentary or other film in class. Licensed films are not to be posted on Itslearning. The licence also allows film showings at other social events at school, given no entrance fee.
    Please report your BI use of motion pictures to BI Library for our internal records when re-negotiating the licence agreement.


  • BI has a licence agreement with Norwaco (in Norwegian). This allows the use of recorded programs from NRK and a range of other channels (TV2 not included/2015). The recordings may be posted on itslearning, but not on the open Internet.
  • If you cannot make your own recordings, recorded programs from NRK may be bought from an AV-center (only Norwegian site).
  • Programs published to the open Internet by the copyright holders themselves, are free to use. Be sure to give source information. Be aware that programs published on the open Internet may only be available a restricted period of time.

Photographies, Music, Art

  • Non-commercial use of photos is considered legal when  the purpose is educational, there is a logical text/photo connection, and the name of originator is properly documented.
  • Short extracts from music may be used (See Film, the right to quote)

For questions, please contact Ingun Grytli, BI Library.

Questions about copyright?

Please contact Ingun Grytli, BI Library.

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