A quick guide to staying within the law when creating online teaching materials
You may want to share a range of different electronic materials with your students when using the University’s online learning platforms such as Canvas and PebblePad. Where you use materials which have not been created by yourself or colleagues within the University, you will need to consider the copyright implications. You’ll find more in-depth under the main Copyright Matters page, but below there are some key dos and don’ts to ensure you stay on the right side of the law.
Sharing books and book chapters
DON’T upload copies of e-books or e-book chapters to University learning platforms.
DON’T scan hard copy book chapters and share them electronically with your students.
Sharing Journal Articles
DON’T upload pdf (or other format) copies of journal articles you have downloaded via the library catalogue or found online – unless they have been published on an Open Access basis, or you have direct permission from the journal publisher.
DON’T scan hard copy journal articles and share them with your students.
Sharing material you find on the web
DON’T upload material you’ve copied from the web to the University’s learning platforms (that includes text, photos, videos, music etc.) unless you have the copyright owner’s permission.
DON’T assume because you cannot find the author’s contact details or do not get a response from an author, that you have permission to reuse the material.