Library:OERR/User Guides/Copyright Permissions

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When building an Open Educational Resource Repository (OERR) that incorporates content from the Internet, publications, sound recordings, video and other sources, it is important to keep in mind that much of this material is subject to copyright law and use licences.

Copyright at UBC, in co-operation with the UBC Library, has created a series of five videos with accompanying text that provide information on the appropriate use of these materials in the development of an OERR. The videos explain the basics of Canadian copyright law in an educational setting, and delve into matters of using content that complies with laws and licences, including permissive licences like Creative Commons, as well as details on seeking permission to use content. Each video concludes with a set of links to webpages on the Copyright at UBC site that deliver more information and clarity about the use of copyrighted content in the Canadian educational context.


Copyright Basics

This is the first in a series of five videos that deal with copyright issues in Open Educational Resource Repositories.
The video introduces you to the basics of copyright. In it the following topics are addressed:

  1. what copyright is and what it protects;
  2. the rights of copyright owners;
  3. user rights, which are exceptions to owners' rights.


A pdf of the transcript for this video can be found here.

Self-Created Content for Open Education Repositories

This is the second in a series of five videos that deal with copyright issues in OERR.
This video discusses copyright considerations for content that you have created yourself and wish to upload into an Open Educational Resource Repository.
The following topics are addressed:

  1. ownership of copyright;
  2. using third-party content in your submissions;
  3. limitations on using third-party created content in your works.


A pdf of the transcript for this video can be found here.

Openly Source and Openly Licenced Material for Open Education Resource Repositories

This is the third in a series of five videos that deal with copyright issues in OERRs.


This video discusses open source and openly licensed content for inclusion in an Open Educational Resource Repository.
This video covers the following topics:

  1. what are open source and openly licensed resources;
  2. conditions when using open source and openly licensed Content.


A pdf of the transcript for this video can be found here.

Seeking Permission for Copyrighted Content

This is the fourth in a series of five videos that deal with copyright issues in OERR.

This video introduces you to the process of obtaining copyright clearance for copyrighted materials that will be included in an OERR.
This video covers the following topics:

  1. when you need to seek permission to include a resource in your repository;
  2. how you can go about obtaining permission from copyright holders;
  3. what you should include in any permission requests and;
  4. what to do if you are unable to get permission.


A pdf of the transcript for this video can be found here.

Copyright and Curated Content in Open Education Resource Repositories

This is the fifth in a series of five videos that deal with copyright issues in OERR. This video sets out the copyright requirements that will have an impact on using curated content in an OERR.


This video covers the following topics:

  1. copyright basics;
  2. identifying conditions for use;
  3. permissible uses of external content.


A pdf of the transcript for this video can be found here.