Students testing motion tracking                             A student presentation at Media Lab Demo Day
Photo: Pipsa Asiala, 2009                                      Photo: Jon Fabritius, 1997


During university studies, students familiarize themselves with the production of previous generations of scholars and participate in the creation of new works. Works that are protected include, among others, diploma works, computer programs, musical compositions and stage works, cinematic works, photographic works and other works of visual art, architectural works, and products of industrial art. In addition, works that take a completely new form may be protected by copyright.

According to the Copyright Act, copyright is credited to the physical person who created the work [1]. If this person is a student, the copyright is credited to the student. University is a community that creates and distributes works, and members of the community exploit each others' copyrighted works, such as lecture notes and diploma works, on a daily basis. There are agreements that govern the use of copyrights within university studies, and certain provisions of the Copyright Act apply directly to them. Provisions of the Copyright Act that apply specifically to studies are discussed later on under this item. Several universities conclude agreements with students. Aalto University School of Art and Design's student agreement.

Notes and References

[1] Copyright Act 1 §