When making copyrighted materials available to your students for learning and teaching purposes it is essential that you do not infringe copyright law.
Although copyright law in the UK is governed by the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act (CPDA) 1984, it was recognised that lecturers needed to deliver multi-media teaching materials. In 2014 a number of changes were made to the law to enable this without infringing copyright law: Exceptions to copyright: Education and Teaching
The University also holds licences such as the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) HE Licence and the Educational Recording Agency (ERA) Licence which allows you to copy and re-use materials for teaching purposes.
For general copyright advice see Copyright - the basics
Copying printed materials for teaching and instruction
For teaching and instruction purposes the HE Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) Licence allows you to make:
The photocopies may be made by both academics and students and be distributed in the classroom.
Digital copies for teaching and instruction
The HE Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) Licence allows the Library's Digitisation Service to create copyright compliant digital copies of book chapters and journal articles for teaching purposes. This is especially useful for printed texts which are heavily used or difficult to access, and for those texts where we are unable to purchase the electronic version.
The Digitsation team in the Library will:
Further details can be found on the Scanning for Teaching pages.
Linking to electronic resources in E-Learning@Tees and Brightspace
When linking to electronic resources from E-Learning@Tees and other teaching and learning platforms it is important that you should only provide a link to the material and not upload a publisher's PDF. By uploading a PDF you will infringe copyright law.
Using images in teaching
The CLA Licence allows the use of coprighted images for the purpose of illustration for instruction. This means that images can be photocopied or scanned and distributed to students and you can also use images in presentations. However it is essential to assign full attribution of the source.
Images on the Internet
Images found on the Internet may be used in teaching and learning materials, however care must be taken as many of the images will not be copyright free and some images may infringe copyright themselves.
There are many sources of copyright cleared images available on the Internet which you can use in your teaching. However, you should always check the terms and conditions to ensure you are not infringing copyright and always give full acknowledgement or attribution of the source.
Free resources for obtaining copyright cleared images:
Broadcast video and audio recordings
Off air recordings
The University holds licenses from the Education Recording Agency (ERA) and the Open University which allows staff at the University to:
BoB (Box of Broadcasts): The ERA license allows us to watch and share the streamed videos from the UK TV and radio broadcasts available on BoB with other members of the University. The license also allows us to incorporate videos (by way of BoB link/embed code) into printed and electronic coursework or study packs hosted on a secure network/VLE for educational purposes only.
Our Helpsheet on Video and Audio recordings provides more in-depth information for staff at the University.
Requests for off-air recordings can be made using the Off-air recordings form
A word of caution
Recorded lectures have become increasingly important in providing learning resources that can be viewed off-campus and on-demand. However, there are both copyright and data protection issues to consider when recording, storing and disseminating the recordings:
Clear guidance regarding copyright issues when recording lectures can be found in the JISC guide Recording Lectures: legal considerations