Copyright in a VLE

Mike Heaney from the Bodleian Libraries addressed the WebLearn User Group on the topic of copyright, with particular attention to making learning materials available in WebLearn.

After the talk, Jill and Mike worked together to produce this flowchart summarising the issues to consider and possible routes to take:

flowchart of copyright process

The message is:

  • Even if an article is your own work, you may have signed away the copyright
  • Always check the terms and conditions, or failing that, request permission from the rights holder
  • Consider releasing your own material under a Creative Commons licence to make the usage conditions clear to others

Useful links:
Mike Heaney’s slides – WebLearn User Group presentation, July 2012
Mike Heaney’s audio commentary to accompany the slides
Copyright support site in WebLearn

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