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5 tips to ensure your MyUni course materials are copyright compliant

If you are teaching a course and intend on uploading to MyUni any material sourced from third parties (e.g. images, readings, video clips), you must ensure they are copyright compliant.

Here are 5 key tips to assist you:

  1. If you want to upload pages from hardcopy publications, use the DRMC

The Digital Resource Management Centre in the Library provides a centralised service for sourcing and scanning published material to create digital items. These can be added to MyUni either as individual readings or a course reading list. The DRMC ensures compliance with the copying limits under the University’s statutory licence (the 10% or 1 chapter rule).

For more information, visit the DRMC website.

  1. Link to e-journal articles rather than circulating the downloaded PDF

Some of the University’s e-journal subscriptions contain restrictions on how the downloaded PDFs of articles can be used. Therefore, instead of placing the PDF article on MyUni, it is safest to provide students with a link so they can access the e-journal themselves using their University authentication.

If you are unsure how to do so, contact your Research or Branch Librarian.

  1. Source legitimate images

You are allowed to reproduce images from a hardcopy publication, provided the image has not been separately published. You must include this warning notice at the front of the document in which you incorporate the image, or on the MyUni page to which you upload the file.

You can also use images from the internet but be careful to only use those that are legitimately available. For example, commercial cartoons found on an individual’s blog are most probably unauthorised. Again, you must include the warning notice to indicate that the copy was made under the University’s statutory licence, unless copying was permitted under the terms of the source website.

  1. Be careful when using audio-visual material

Recordings of TV broadcasts are permitted under the University’s statutory licence. However you must include this warning notice on the MyUni page to which you upload the file.

If using a YouTube video, firstly consider if it is legitimate. If it is a commercial clip (e.g. movie or TV show) but you have not obtained it from the producer’s YouTube channel, it’s likely a pirated copy. If you are satisfied it is legitimate, you can either link to or embed it into a MyUni page. Never create a copy of a YouTube clip unless permitted by the copyright owner.

Do not upload material captured from DVD, catch-up TV or streaming services (e.g. Netflix) – this would be in breach of copyright.

  1. Attribute it!

If you are using material copied from elsewhere, you must at a minimum reference the title (if any), source, copyright owner and creator (if different from the copyright owner). If you have copied it from a website or off a TV broadcast, also include the date on which you did so.

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