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Graduate School

Third Party Copyright

E-Theses and Third Party Copyright

Where third party copyright material is used and reproduced as part of a thesis, it is the author’s responsibility to obtain appropriate permission to reproduce the material. This includes making the material publicly available via the Durham e-Theses service.

It is expected that authors should make every effort to acquire appropriate copyright permissions. However, it is also recognised that in a small number of cases, copyright holders may not be willing to grant permission for the reproduction of material in this way. In such instances, the author should identify the appropriate action based on the two options below. In the majority of cases, Option A should be the preferred option.

Option A

In instances where copyright material forms only a small part of the theses, authors should supply two different versions as follows:

1) An edited version with the copyright material removed should be submitted via the e-Theses upload service. This version will be publicly available via the Durham e-Theses service.

2) A complete, unedited copy of the thesis, including any copyrighted material should be sent via email to: This will be added to the e-theses service as the version for which the qualification was awarded. It will be placed under a permanent embargo and not be publicly available.

Option B:

In rare cases, the use of the copyright material may be so extensive and so central to the research that removing it would make the remaining text meaningless (for example, a textual analysis of a printed work).

In such instances the author should upload the full version of the thesis to the Durham e-Theses service as usual. A permanent embargo should be requested on the grounds that the thesis contains substantial copyright material. The basic metadata (author, title, abstract) will be displayed on Durham e-Theses, but the full text of the thesis will not be made publicly available.

If you have any questions relating to copyright, please refer to the Copyright webpages or contact Colin Theakston, email: