More and more we are providing educational opportunities using the internet. Whether it is distance learning and eReserves through the Carmen course management system, or open educational tools such as a Massive Open Online Course (MOOCs) such as Coursera or an iTunes U course, education is moving online. It is important to understand the copyright issues that are involved in each of these online formats for teaching as you create your course. Below are a few of the key issue to consider:
- Who owns the course? Do you and the university have an agreement about who can continue to use the course (particularly for MOOCs or iTunes U) and how, if you leave the institution?
- Can I use others’ copyrighted works in my course?
- Does fair use apply? Whether the course is closed (Carmen) or open (MOOC, iTunes U) can affect your fair use analysis.
- Does Section 110(2) apply for streaming video, images or music?
- Are there free to use materials that I could use?
- Do I need to ask for permission?
Review the following Help Articles to learn more about author's rights and using copyrighted materials in an online environment. Also see the Online Learning page on this site.
- Copyright: Frequently Asked Questions
- Copyright: Author's Rights
- Using Copyrighted Content
- Copyright: Using Open Access and Openly Licensed Works
Below are a number of online resources that can help you understand the issues involved in providing different forms of online education.
- Copyright and eLearning Guide from The Ohio State University's Office of Distance Education and eLearning and University Libraries’ Copyright Services
- Using materials in distance learning:A guide to 110(2) (the TEACH Act)
- The Ohio State University's Office of Distance Education and eLearning's Secured Media Library – for streaming media
- iTunes U Copyright Overview
- Notre Dame iTunes U Copyright Policies
- ARL Issue Brief: Massive Open Online Courses: Legal and Policy Issues for Research Libraries