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Digital Licence for educational use

With the Kopiosto Digital Licence, the staff and students of educational institutions can scan printed publications and copy text and images from open websites. The licence applies to both domestic and foreign materials. These materials can be used in education, research, diploma theses and practical works.

  • Printed publications include books, newspapers, magazines, research reports, and user manuals, among other things.
  • Scanning means saving printed publications as digital files.

The Kopiosto Digital Licence does not discriminate between technologies and applies to converting material into a digital format, for instance with a scanner, digital copy machine, digital camera or document camera.

Creators and publishers have widely authorised Kopiosto to act on their behalf and grant permission to digitally copy and use works in education and research. Section 26 of the Copyright Act extends the Kopiosto licences to also apply to those creators and publishers that are not directly represented by Kopiosto by virtue of authorisation.

Pursuant to section 14 of the Copyright Act, creators and publishers have the opportunity to prohibit the digital copying and use of their works. Kopiosto maintains a list of those copyright owners and prohibited works that are reported to it. As regards publications, copying prohibitions can also be listed in the publications themselves. The licence holder must adhere to these copying prohibitions.

Furthermore, the Digital Licence does not apply to usage situations where the licence owner directly licenses the use of his/her works or the licence holder is entitled to use the work in question by virtue of some other agreement or licence.

A few copies of works can be made for private use within the family; other copying of works is subject to a licence.

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