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MasterĀ“s thesis copyright

In accordance with the Copyright Act a master's thesis is a literary or artistic work whose copyright is owned by its author. This means that the copyright owner has the exclusive right to control a work by reproducing it and by making it available to the public (1 §, 2 §).

When copies of a work are made or when the work is made available to the public in whole or in part, the name of the author shall be stated in a manner required by proper usage. A work may not be altered in a manner which is prejudicial to the author's literary or artistic reputation, or to his individuality; nor may it be made available to the public in such a form or context as to prejudice the author in the manner stated (3 §).

Master's thesis copyright FAQ

If I submit my thesis electronically via UTUGradu-system, will I still hold copyright to it or is it transferred to the university?

When an author submits a thesis electronically its copyright is not transferred to the university; the author remains the copyright holder.

On the other hand, the author of the thesis is responsible for the content and rights of the publication. The author of the publication must have a full copyright or a copy of his / her thesis, or an image, table or other material that is included in his / her thesis, or has a web publishing right to such material. More information about pictures and citations as part of the thesis can be found in the subpages of this guide.