Astrid Bovell on March 23rd, 2012
YouTube is a great source of material and can be a fantastic tool for teaching and interacting with students. But there are a few things that you need to be aware of when using Youtube.
1. Your YouTube clip needs to be legitimate!
Using or linking to infringing material is also considered an infringement of copyright. So think carefully before you include a YouTube clip. Is it likely that the channel hosting this clip has a right to make it available? Someone asked me recently if they could use a clip from YouTube of a celebrity being interviewed. The clip appeared on a channel that seemed to be run by a fan. It’s unlikely that the fan has obtained the proper permissions to make this interview available. But I could see that the interview had been broadcast on a particular television program, so I searched for the network that screens that program, found their channel, and found their copy of the same interview. Is it likely that the network has permission to make this interview from their program available – YES, it is – use this one instead.
2. Uploading content – do you have the right to?
You might have presented a lecture, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you have the right to make your lecture and PowerPoint available on YouTube. You need to think carefully about what you’ve put into your lecture. Did you use a sound recording? Show a clip from a film?. The provisions in the copyright act that allow you to use this material in your lecture, don’t cover you for recording it and putting a copy up on YouTube where anyone can access it. You might be able to put up the lecture if you edit out the material, but before you go ahead and upload it, remember that if your lecture is comprised of teaching material that you’ve created, it’s likely that the University will own copyright, not you, so you may need the University to provide permission before you can upload it.
3. Linking and Embedding.
Where possible, either link to or embed your legitimate YouTube clip into your LMS page using the ‘Build Content’ menu and selecting ‘YouTube Video’ from the Mashups section. Never create a copy of a YouTube clip unless the copyright owner of the clip expressly permits users to do so.
4. Ask the Copyright Office
If you’re not sure if a clip is legitimate, if you want to upload something for teaching, if you look and you can’t find a legitimate copy of the material you want, come and talk to us and we’ll help you explore your options for using YouTube in a copyright compliant manner.