Can I use a figure from someone else’s publication in my thesis?
Only after you have obtained permission from the copyright holder. Giving a reference to a source without obtaining permission, protects you from plagiarism but is still a violation of copyright. This includes material from the internet. Effectively, if you have not created a piece of work, someone else owns the copyright and their permission must be obtained before you can use it. If you cannot determine who the copyright owner is, or if you cannot contact them, you cannot use the material in your own publication.
Last updated: 2010-11-26