Institutional Copyright and Creative Commons

September 13, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Posted in waffle | Leave a comment
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I’ve been developing guidelines for tutors about the use of our forthcoming lecture capture system, and some of these concern copyright. In essence, we will ask tutors to pause the recording whenever they show material that they or the University does not own. This includes external websites, YouTube videos and PDF journal articles as well as photos from the web or diagrams scanned from textbooks that have been included in PowerPoint slides. This is less than ideal, but it is important that the teaching is not distorted by the fact of recording.

Adam Procter, a colleague from the Winchester School of Art, pointed out that this problem also extends to the use of material with a Creative Commons licence. These frequently include a ‘share alike’ option which means that resources that include these items must also adopt a CC Share-Alike licence. This conflicts with the University’s IPR regulations, which state that the institution owns all material created by staff in the line of duty. On the other hand, given the University’s support for the EdShare respository and its use of CC licences, I hope it may not be too difficult to negotiate a relaxation of the IPR regulations.


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