Copyright issues and content on the web
With content now being so easily accessible on the web it is important to remember that under UK Law content on the web is protected by copyright just as any other media are. You can’t just take content from the web, download it and and reproduce it. Care also has to be taken not to upload content to the web which you do not have the rights for.
Take a look at the University’s Copyright Policy to familiarise yourself with the key issues. The University is also in the process of reviewing its web code of practice, once the review is complete I will add a link to it from this page.
It’s also worth taking a look at the Web2Rights website which includes a helpful six minute video overview of IPR and copyright issues and the web. Web2Rights is a JISC funded project and also provides an IP diagnostic toolkit and an interactive tool which you can use to identify whether there might be any copyright or IP issues you need to be aware of in any projects you are working on.
More and more academic institutions are sharing or making content available under a Creative Commons licence. This allows others to use their content as long as they provide the necessary citations etc. In some cases the content can also be modified or used for commercial purposes. For more information on this take a look at the Creative Commons page in this Copyright section.
It’s worth remembering ….
- To add copyright statements to your work – If you develop any content or have any illustrations, images, video clips, paper resources etc it is ueseful to get into the practice of adding a copyright statement – such as Copyright 2010 University of Dundee – All Rights Reserved. As a member of staff the University owns your IPR and manages it in accordance with the University Court guidelines.
- To cite third party rights holders – If you have permission to use other peoples’ images, animations, video clips etc you should make a similar statement so that it is clear to anyone looking at the resource that you are using it with permission and who the rights holder is. You should also do this with content which is free to use and with content made available under a creative commons licence.
- Not to use content without permission – If you do not have permission to reproduce the content from the rights holder and the content is not made available under a Creative Commons Licence you should not use it and not upload it to the web. If you are in doubt you should obtain written permission to use it.