Q. What copyright issues do I need to be aware of when writing my thesis?
In your thesis you will want to include material by other authors (generally referred to as third party material), and this material will be copyrighted. An author automatically has copyright in anything they write or otherwise create. Ideas and facts are not copyrighted although presentation of the ideas and facts may be. In addition to content copyright, the format or layout of an item may have rights associated with it. Images within a work e.g. book illustrations may also have copyright over and above that embodied by the book as a whole. Authors can assign parts of their copyright to someone else e.g. a publisher. Any individual or corporate entity that currently holds the rights to exploit and reuse an item is known as the rights holder.
This material is taken from the publication 'Keeping your thesis legal' published by Leicester University under a Creative Commons licence.