brooke on January 31st, 2011
Each month the Copyright Office will focusing on a topic of interest.
To get you prepared for first semester, February’s is TEACHING.
The Copyright Act allows lots of material to be used as part of teaching students that enrolled in a course of study at the University (note: that statement doesn’t cover public lectures, open websites, and all kinds of ‘outward facing’ work). Two statutory licences, Part VA and Part VB allow for radio & TV broadcasts (covered by Part VA), images and textual material (both of which are covered by Part VB) to be reproduced by staff and distributed students at the University. Additionally, the university is a signatory to an industry music licence that allows us to use musical sound recordings for certain, mostly educational, purposes.
The amount of material you can use and the types is limited and there are registration and noticing requirements.
In addition to these specific provisions, there are also sections of the copyright act that allow you to use material for a wide range of purposes – including teaching.
This month the Copyright Blog will take you through the services that will help you navigate copyright more easily, the limits and requirements you will need to know when using material for teaching in print or electronically and some helpful hints on how to use legitimate material, legitimately but without too many copyright headaches.