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It is against the law to photocopy whole books or dissertations.  In the UK, copyright is governed by The Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1998 (CDPA).  The law of Copyright exists to protect an individual's creativity.  It treats the product of creative activity as a form of intellectual property which can be sold, rented or passed on.  It covers original literary, artistic, dramatic and musical works and includes computer software and databases. 


Normally you are allowed to copy:

  • One article per journal issue, or
  • One chapter or 10% of any modern book.


However, please consult the Copyright Licensing Authority (CLA) list next to the photocopier for exceptions to this general rule. Please respect this law. If you exceed these limits you will have the extra photocopies removed.




  • The GSM London has a strict policy on plagiarism. Please refer to your course handbook for full details of this policy.