Copy and Share Protected Material within Higher Education Institutions
Last updated: 12/08/2017

The Higher Education Institutions (HEI) Agreement has been reached between Bonus Copyright Access and SUHF (The Association of Swedish Higher Education). All HEIs in Sweden have agreements with Bonus Copyright Access.

Copy and share copyright protected material for education

The Agreement for Higher Education Institutions entered into force January 1, 2014. The agreement enables entirely new possibilities to copy and share copyright protected material for teaching, among other things, significantly enhanced facilities to copy and share digitally.
Teachers and students may copy and share
The agreement allows teachers and students to copy and share copyright protected material from Swedish and non-Swedish pictures, text and musical notation that have been made public, from, for example books, teaching materials, the press, digital publications, websites etc.
Analogue and digital copying and sharing
Teachers and students may make copies and share digitally and analogue by:
  • Downloading
  • Print out
  • Scanning
  • Photocopying
  • Reproducing for slide presentation for educational purposes, e.g. PowerPoint
  • Saving copies in digital form, e.g. on the HEI’s closed network, on USB
  • Transferring digital copies, e.g. by mail or via the HEI’s closed network
  • Making mailings within a teaching group
  • Projecting and displaying on screen
  • Distributing photocopies and printouts

Education covered by the Agreement

  • The agreement applies to higher education as defined in the Swedish Higher Education Act (1992:1434) and education that may lead to a qualification under the Swedish Act (1993:792) Concerning Authority to Award Certain Qualifications
  • The agreement also covers education governed by the Swedish Ordinance (2002:760) on Contract Education at higher education institutions or by agreements with the State and internal in-service training of the higher education institution’s staff
  • The agreement applies to Higher Vocational Education under the Swedish Act (2009:128) on Higher Vocational Education and the Ordinance (2002:763) on higher education access programmes and the Ordinance (2007:432) on access programmes at higher education institutions
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