Astrid Bovell on July 12th, 2013
True or False? – It’s okay if I use copyright material in my public lecture because it’s an educational public lecture.
Public lectures are no different from holding a public event in the eyes of copyright and as such, we can’t use copyright material in the same ways that we would if we were in the regular classroom.
So under copyright, what can we do if we want to use content in a public lecture?
You can use content where the copyright has expired
You can use copyright friendly material – such as Creative Commons licensed content
You can use content that you own the copyright in
You can use content the University owns the copyright in
You can use insubstantial portions
You can use content for the purposes of criticism and review
You can use content for the purposes of parody and satire
You can use content that you’ve successfully sought permission to use
If the content you want to use in your public lecture doesn’t fall into one of those categories, then it shouldn’t be included in the public lecture. If you have a public lecture coming up and you’re not sure about copyright – contact us for assistance.