The internet is also covered by copyright law.
Digital material such as external homepages is perceived like any other types of ar-tistic works.
It is not allowed to copy homepages without the approval of the holder. If you are in doubt, contact the holder of the homepage and apply for permission.
Screen dumps from other sites
It is allowed to take prints from homepages in accordance with VIA’s agreement with Copydan.
Links and deep linking
Reference by links to pages at websites can be a suitable solution. A general link leading to another person’s/institution’s website is fully legal. It is however not legal, if there is a link to an article or other material in a way where you cannot see if this has directed you to another website and you have reason to believe the material belongs to the website you have accessed.
Reference to articles on the internet is preferably made by links. Even if the article is protected with an access code, a link can be used for reference. It is necessary that the user has the access code or is at the relevant IP address.
Generally, it is allowed to link to websites of other persons/institutions if this s done loyally and to the start page of other websites. It is not allowed – and is contrary to the truth – to give the impression that you are in some way linked to the owner of the website you link to.
Similarly, it is not allowed to ”frame” i.e. to show the website you link to as a part of your own website by e.g. an article (link to) in an electronic version of a newspaper is shown to the user with a frame from you own website with e.g. menu points, top and side bar etc.
Some copyright holders put the images on the internet using a Creative Commons license. This means that you can use the image without asking permission on certain conditions, which you can read more about here:
Everybody who has produced a work protected by copyright can make it available as a Creative Commons.
If you search for creative works with a Creative Commons license you can seach Google and Flickr:
Open Access is used about digitalised text or other material published online for free and without restricted access.
Two Open Access models
In research you work with two Open Access models: repositories (online achieve) and journals with open access for readers.
Authors have to consent to their texts being placed in open achieves and they keep the copyright. Texts collected through Open Access can be used in e-learning without permission. At www.openaccess.dk you can see institutions and companies with an Open Access policy.