helenlt on July 1st, 2011
In Chinese philosophy, the number five is associated with five elements Water, Fire, Earth, Wood, and Metal. In numerology, it represents coming to life, invention, vitality, enjoyment, play, creativity. While most people wouldn’t necessarily associate enjoyment and play with copyright, copyright law was created to support invention and creativity. So it is rather fitting that this copyright blog is brought to you by the number 5.
1. Shower Water Snake feeding by John K. CC-BY-NC-ND 2. Fire by Spunkr CC-BY-SA 3. Chocolate Dirt by elana’s pantry CC-BY-NC-ND 4. logs by Rick Payette CC-BY-NC-ND 5. Metal texure by KittyBitty CC-BY-NC
In copyright, there are the Part VA (pronounced Five A) and Part VB (Five B) statutory licences, which allow us to use copyright material for teaching purposes. There are also 5 steps to follow when you make copyright material available on the LMS.
When making material available on the LMS there are certain limits that you must abide by. For textual material, you can generally have 10% of the total number of pages or 1 chapter. The 10% rule doesn’t really fit into our theme of the number 5, except that 10 is a multiple of five – so I guess we can still make it work (See I knew all those times tables memorised in primary school would come in handy one day). Journal articles are treated a little differently – you can have 1 article from one issue or 2 or more articles if they are on the same topic.
You can use a whole image but if you have taken from a print source, such as textbook, then you will need to make sure that you can’t buy a copy separately. This is unlikely to be a problem if you are using graphs and diagrams that were created exclusively for the text. It may be important if you are using images of artworks that you can purchase as a poster or postcard. If the image is electronic, from a website, there is no need to check and see if it is separately available.
Different limits apply to other types of material such as films, websites, podcasts and music. There are also exceptions when the limits do not apply.
Don’t panic if you need more than is allowed, as we can always ask permission from the copyright owner. Contact Astrid and the Copyright Office Permission Service.
The notice must appear either before the material is viewed or as it is opening. Instructions are available if you are not sure what’s the easiest way to insert the notice.
You make available on the LMS with the Copyright Office. Download the spreadsheet, fill it in and email it back to us.
Step 5 – Restrict access to material to staff and students
This will generally be the case on the LMS but remember if you decide to allow external users access to your page they can’t access copyright material unless they are assisting with the teaching.
Full details on using material for teaching is available on our website, including information about services such as Readings Online and the Off Air Recording Service which can assist you to source and make available teaching material.
On a final note, the number 5 is of course the name of the legendary fragrance Chanel No. 5, a bottle of which is sold every 30 seconds.