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Copyright: Theses

General

A thesis is part of the degree requirements for universities. The university diploma is a master's thesis and in the university of applied sciences the final work is called the thesis.

Theses

A thesis is a literary work within the meaning of the copyright act, on which its author has the copyright. Copyright gives the author the right to control his work by reproducing it and by making it available to the public. When making the work available to the public, the author’s name must always be mentioned.

Thesis publicity

Theses submitted to the university for examination are normally public documents. This must be mentioned to the commissioner when the topic of the thesis is first discussed. If the thesis includes information which the commissioner considers confidential, the university may agree to hold the thesis confidential for a maximum of two years. However, it is recommended that the thesis is prepared as a public-access document.

Inventions related to the thesis

The research work for a thesis may result in an invention that can be patented or otherwise protected by industrial law. An invention may be a new or improved technical devise or method with industrial or commercial importance.

Inventions must be discussed with all parties involved (the student, supervisors at the university and the commissioning company). If the invention made in connection with the thesis is to be patented, the patent application must be left before the work is published. Otherwise, the thesis must be written so that the invention is not revealed.

General patenting legislation is applied to the patenting of an invention and general copyright legislation to copyright issues unless otherwise agreed by the parties involved in the work (the commissioner, university and student).

Submitting theses

LUT University students submit their theses to LUTPub repository.

Saimaa UAS students submit their theses to Theseus repository.