Theses and dissertations
Third-party copyright is copyright material other than your own.
You may copy any third-party copyright material for the purposes of examination including using it in your thesis (Copyright Act section 49). This exception does not allow the work to subsequently be made publicly available. Because theses are required to be deposited in the University’s research repository, you will need to get permission to use third-party copyright material there.
- Third Party Copyright (Copyright Material Other Than Your Own)
Guidelines from the Board of Graduate Studies.
Getting permission to use a copyright work requires that you enter into an agreement with the rights owner giving you the right to use the work.
You will need to follow these steps before your work is published either in hard copy or electronically for example in the University of Auckland Repository, ResearchSpace:
- Determine that the work is protected by copyright.
- Identify the rights’ owner(s).
- Contact the owner(s) and negotiate whether payment is needed.
- Get each permission in writing to include the work in the University repository.
Can’t get permission
If you cannot get permission to reproduce material, consider putting it in a separate section of your thesis which can then be suppressed from public view, or the whole text of the thesis can be suppressed if it contains confidential information.
Email the University of Auckland ResearchSpace repository administrator (firstname.lastname@example.org) for information on these options.
You own the copyright to your thesis.
When you deposit your thesis in the University Research Repository, ResearchSpace, you grant a non-exclusive license for the University to make it available there.
You may also choose to use a Creative Commons licence. We recommend that you use the licence allowing non-commercial and share alike reuse. For more information about Creative Commons see: