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9. In writing a report, I have extracted various passages, tables and pictures from the Internet and included them in the report. Have I infringed any copyrights?

Yes, unless you have the licence or permission of the copyright owners to include those materials in your report. Alternatively, you may have a defence if you can justify such inclusions as "fair dealing" (that is, for the purposes of research, private study, criticism, review or news reporting – please go to section B for more information).


It is important to note that the posting of a work on the Internet can only be taken to mean that the copyright owner has allowed the public to view or listen to the work, it does not mean that the copyright owner has licensed the public to copy the work (other than any transient and incidental copying technically necessary for viewing or listening to the work, which is permitted under section 65 of the Copyright Ordinance).