helenlt on July 26th, 2011
I had such fun writing my earlier blog on the 5 steps for using copyright material for teaching purposes, that I have decided to continue to live my fantasy of working on Sesame Street by following it up with the ABC of copyright for teaching. So here goes, sing it with me…
A is for Acknowledging all material that you include in course packs or on the LMS or use in class.
B is for Blogs and Wikis – a great way to engage with your students but remember that they and other forms of social media such as Facebook and Twitter are subject to copyright as well and have special considerations.
C is for Class. You can use or show material in class for teaching purposes. There are no restrictions on the amount or type of material that can be used but the audience must be restricted to students. Some limitations apply if you intend to record the lecture using Lecture Capture.
D is for Download. You can make textual material such as journal articles and book chapters, images, and TV and radio broadcasts available for download on the LMS.
E is for Exams. There are special provisions that apply when using copyright material in exams. See here for more information.
F is for Films. You can show a film in class, but if you wish to make a film available for download on the LMS or include it in a recording of a lecture, you must use a broadcast copy of the film.
G is for Google Images, a great source of images that can be used for teaching. Images from the web can be used for teaching under the Part VB statutory licence or you can use advanced search to limit your search to Creative Commons images. See also Using Flickr Images.
H is for Help, an easy one because if you need help contact us.
I is for Infringing, as in DON’T infringe copyright and don’t use infringing material. Make sure anything you use is a legitimate copy.
J is for Journal Articles. You can have one article from a single issue of a journal or two or more articles from the same issue if there are on the same topic. Remember if it is an e-journal from one of the library databases to link to it rather than downloading it.
K is for Keeping within the Limits. There are limits on the type and amount of material that can be used for teaching purposes, but so long as you stay within those limits, you can easily make material available to your students.
L is for Lecture Capture – a service that lets you record your lectures so that they can be available on the LMS. If your lecture includes copyright material such as images, music or a film, you will need to abide by the conditions for making material available online.
M is for Music– the University’s music licence allows us to perform, record and use recorded music for educational purposes.
N is for Notices. Remember to include the appropriate copyright warning notice on any material that you use.
O is for Open Access material which can be freely used for teaching purposes. Use websites such as the Directory of Open Access Journals, Social Sciences Research Network or Pub Med Central to locate open access resources.
P is for Permission. If you want to use more than is allowed within the limits allowing for teaching or if you want to use something that isn’t covered, you will need to get permission from the copyright owner. Our permission service can seek permission on your behalf.
Q is for Quantity. You can make as many copies of course material or handouts as you need. Quantity also applies to the amount of copyright material you can use for teaching purposes.
R is for Readings Online, a great service that will help you make copyright material available on the LMS and manage the copyright for you. Remember if you don’t use Readings Online, you will need to register any textual material and images that you make available on the LMS with the Copyright Office.
S is for Sound Recordings and Software. Musical sound recordings can be used for teaching purposes under the Music Licence, while some non-musical sound recordings are covered under the Part VA statutory licence as broadcasts. For other sound recordings and software, you will need to seek permission, so contact our Permission Service.
T is for Television broadcasts which can be recorded and made available on the LMS (as can radio broadcasts). Podcasts of television and radio broadcasts are also covered. Broadcasts can be shown in class or included in the Library collection. The Off Air Recording Service can record or source the programs you need.
U is for User Generated Content, which can be used for teaching either by linking to it or downloading and making available on the LMS as permitted under the statutory licence. If you are asking your “users/students” to generate content, remember you will need their permission if you intent to use it for any other purpose outside of that class.
V is for Videoing, Filming or Photographing. If you are filming or photographing people for teaching purposes you will need their consent. You can use either the Audio-Visual Consent Deed or the Photo Release Consent Form.
W is for Websites – Yes, the web is subject to copyright and we recommend linking to sites wherever possible rather than reproducing them. But remember 2 things. 1. Only link to legitimate sites and 2. if you must reproduce material from a website follow the guidelines for using material for teaching purposes.
X is for Xerox or Photocopying. You can “Xerox” or make copies of copyright material to include in coursepacks or use as handouts in class. Yes, this letter is a bit of stretch but the only other option we had was X-Rays, which, incidentally, are not subject to copyright.
Y is for YouTube, home of cute kittens. If you want to link to clips from Youtube make sure that you only link to legitimate content such as the official Sesame Street channel (in keeping with our blog tribute to Sesame Street).
Z is for Zombies, well the only way I can justify this entry is to point out that dealing with copyright can make you feel like a Zombie but hopefully if you follow our helpful tips and tricks, you’ll feel less like the walking dead!
So that’s my A-B-C, I hope it was helpful. Can you think of anything I missed? Or have you got a better suggestion? Leave a comment below and let us know.