Q. I would like to reuse student course work from last year for teaching purposes. Is it ok to do this?
A. There are two things to be considered here: the student’s right to privacy and the copyright in the work created by the student. While anonymising the work protects the privacy of the student, the student should be consulted to obtain consent for use of their work to ensure copyright compliance.
In the IP regulations, the University makes no claim on the copyright of materials created by a student in the course of their studies. The copyright therefore rests with the student, and we need to ask them for permission to use their work for teaching purposes.
There is a provision in the 2014 revised copyright legislation which allows for the use of copyright material for the purposes of instruction under fair dealing. We would be however expected to include an acknowledgement. As to do so would necessarily identify the student, it is best, from both a privacy and copyright point of view to contact the student to get their explicit consent.
Q. Is it OK for me to download materials from the Library Catalogue and put them on Blackboard for my students to use?
A. It might be OK – but you will need to check. The material has to be covered by our licences or fair dealing may allow a portion of the material to be used. See copyright and teaching materials for further guidance.
Q. How much of a book or journal can I photocopy if I intend to make multiple copies and hand it out to my students?
Q. Can I give my students a copy of material made from my personal copy of a book or journal?
A. No, the source material must be owned by the University. Check the library catalogue, and if you cannot find the material, contact your Faculty librarian and ask if the document can be put on order.
Q. Is it OK for me to compile a set of reading materials drawn from books, online articles, and journals and produce multiple copies to hand out to the students on my course?
A. Our CLA licence only allows us to copy a portion of a copyright text. You can then combine those portions together into a reading pack for your course. You cannot charge for these packs beyond the disbursement course. You cannot make more copies than you have students on your course. See copyright and teaching for further details.
Q. Can I use photos collected from the internet in my presentations? Does it make any difference if the presentation is just for colleagues at my institution or at a conference?
A. There is copyright in material found on the internet. Copyright law allows for material to be used for the purposes of illustration for instruction. Therefore it does make a difference if you take the material out the institution and use it for a purpose other than education.
However the concept of fair dealing does not apply to photographs in general. You should either gain permission from the copyright holder, or use a copyright cleared photo library to source the material.
Q. What can I do about providing my students with links to articles which are behind paywalls (i.e. subscription-only resources)?
A. This is not really a copyright question. You can share the links with your students, but they will need to use an institutional or personal account to access that material behind the paywall. You should not collect the material yourself and pass copies on to your students. Any material behind a paywall will be governed by the terms and conditions of the site.
Q. There are materials which I’d like to use on my course, but an institutional subscription is required. How are decisions on subscriptions made, and who should I talk with to take this forward?
A. Contact your Faculty librarian.
Q. Can I use music, videos or film in my lectures? Does it make any difference if the lecture is intended just for students on my course, or if it is a public lecture?
A, Yes, as long as it is only for the purposes of illustration for instruction. These types of material are subject to fair dealing.
Q. Can I record or stream a TV or radio programme and use it in my teaching, and place a copy on the VLE?
A. Before you consider making your own recordings, have a look at BOB. This resource provides off-air recording for use in education, and UEA has a subscription. If you have built up your own library of recordings which BOB does not cover, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further guidance.
Q. Do I as a member of staff hold copyright in documents, lectures, handouts that I produce, or does the University?
A. No, see further information on copyright for staff.
Q. Is it OK for me to make a recording of myself giving a lecture to share with students so they can use it as a resource at some point in the future?
A. See Jisc copyright FAQs (now archived) for further details.