What if I cannot obtain permission to use third party copyright?

There may be several reasons why permission to copy/re-use a work might not be obtained, including where the rights holder:

· is unknown (orphan works)

· cannot be located (no address, ceased trading etc.)

· refuses permission

· does not reply

· charges an unreasonable copyright fee

No reply from a rights holder does not indicate they are happy for you to use the work.

If you are unable to obtain permission you can still submit your complete thesis for examination, however the copyright material which is not cleared for use should be removed or redacted before the thesis can be published online.

See FAQ How do I redact/remove material from a thesis?

It is acceptable to supply two versions of your thesis -the complete, final version and the redacted version. Only the redacted version will be available online. The complete version will be held only for preservation purposes.

Once your thesis is published online, it is subject to the “Notice and Takedown policy”, section 5.6 in the eThesis Policy.

If the repository receives a complaint or proof of copyright violation, the relevant item will be removed immediately. Withdrawn items are not deleted but are removed from public view; the item’s identifiers/URLs are retained but the metadata of withdrawn items will not be searchable.

If you are the author of a thesis and have reasons for its removal from the repository, please contact openaccess@leedsbeckett.ac.uk who will investigate on a case-by-case basis.

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