Sabancı University Information Center aims to protect the copyright integrity of any and all kinds of printed, digital and/or audiovisual material from infringement. According to the Law on Intellectual and Artistic Property Rights, without the permission of the copyright holder, any Information Center material acquired in electronical and/or printed format cannot be

  • loaned to third parties for profit
  • used for a public presentation
  • copied or duplicated in the same or different format by the user(s).

Information Center is not liable for any kind of violation.

Our contact info for your questions or suggestions regarding copyright, fair use, plagiarism and academic integrity issues:
Mine Akkurt
0216 483 92 27

A provision for fair use is found in the Law on Intellectual and Artistic Property Rights (Law No:5846). Under the fair use provision, a reproduction of someone else's copyright-protected work is likely to be considered fair if it is used for teaching, scholarship and research. If the reproduction is for one of these purposes, a determination as to whether the reproduction is fair use must be made based upon a factor "the amount and substantiality of the portion used". Fair use is an ambiguous concept and the law does not state exactly what uses of a copyrighted work will be considered fair uses under the law and also there is no regulation which can be applied. An assessment about fair use can be made regarding the applications in Turkey, EU and The USA. And to minimize the risk of copyright infringement Information Center interprets the following situations as fair use:

  • lecture notes, exam questions or materials prepared by instructors,
  • only one article from an issue of a journal,
  • one chapter or 10% from an information resource, (the format changing is not accepted)
  • link information of the electronic resource,
  • 10% percent of movies (discussion is continuing and there is no consensus)

According to Oxford English Dictionary plagiarism means "The action or practice of taking someone else's work, idea, etc., and passing it off as one's own; literary theft." To avoid plagiarism, the work of another person must be cited whenever you use it.

Turnitin is used at Sabanci University to avoid plagiarism.(For more information about the Turnitin program, please contact the Information Technology department.)

As mentioned in Academic Integrity Statement, during the process of academic labor, it is a sine qua non rule of academic ethics to accurately and clearly refer to each source of inspiration and information, wherever and whenever applicable. When students and educational staff are preparing materials, all types of information & information sources are used in accordance with intellectual property and commercial rights and the copyright holder is respected. Sources are not reproduced, copied, altered to another format or rented, nor are others allowed to carry out such acts.