Normally, you own the copyright in your thesis as a 'scholarly work'. This means that you own the rights to publish and distribute it.
This may not be the case if:
- you have agreed to transfer or assign copyright to a funder or sponsor
- there has been significant input from University staff.
If you're not sure, speak to your supervisors or contact Kent Innovation and Enterprise.
Your copyright and KAR
Having your thesis in the Kent Academic Repository provides evidence of your authorship, because it creates an institutionally recognised bibliographic record.
Anyone who accesses your thesis in KAR can re-use material from it for non-commercial research or private study, but they:
- must provide a full citation for your thesis
- must not re-use the material in a way that breaches copyright or other intellectual property rights.
We recommend that you choose a Creative Commons licence which will define exactly how others may use your work.
Creative Commons is an internationally recognised way of licensing material to encourage sharing and re-use, while protecting the rights of the creators.
Creative Commons licences apply a 'some rights reserved' model, in contrast to the default position of copyright, which is that 'all rights are reserved'.
There are several Creative Commons licence types, made up of different components. For example:
- BY - users must state who the work was created 'by'
- ND - 'no derivatives'
- NC - 'non commercial'
- SA - 'share alike'
You need to check if your funder requires a specific licence. For example, if your thesis is funded by UKRI, you must use a CC-BY licence.
To apply a Creative Commons licence, select it when you are submitting your thesis through Moodle.