One basic rule of thumb about copyright and whether you should post or load something to your Blackboard course … if you didn’t create it, you don’t have the copyright so should not load it to Blackboard.
If you want to load, for example, a financial report which you have found on the Internet, the please refrain from loading it to Blackboard as this would breach the copyright of the report (unless you have written permission from the original publisher). Instead make a link to the location of the report or file:
E,g, Tesco Annual Report, 2012 (link to report on Tesco website, not loaded to any Leicester system).
E,g, NMC Horizon Report: 2013 HE edition: http://www.nmc.org/publications/2013-horizon-report-higher-ed (link to PDF, not loaded to Leicester systems).
If you want to include an image to highlight a theory or concept, or to make your materials stand out, then, again, you need permission from the copyright owner of the image/photograph to use it. If you took the photograph yourself you can use it. There are plenty of royalty free images available but we would recommend using websites that host ‘creative commons’ images (e.g. Flickr) to find images that the copyright holder has authorised for ‘attributed‘ use – read more about Creative Commons here.
If you want to make an electronic copy of a book or journal please do not scan it yourself and load to Blackboard – this breaks the copyright. Contact the Library team and they can obtain the necessary permission and load to the eReserves system for you to use and load to Blackboard in the appropriate manner.
The CLA licence allows scanning of limited extracts from copyright protected printed books, journals and magazines. The copies must be made from an original of a book, journal or magazine owned by the University:
- Up to 5% or one chapter of a book.
- Up to 5% or one article from a single issue of a journal.
- Up to 5% or one paper of one set of conference proceedings.
- Up to 5% of an anthology or one short story or one poem of not more than 10 pages.
- up to 5% or one case of one report of judicial proceedings.
Full details on the CLA and what you can / cannot scan yourself are available on the Library support pages.
Image source: Creative Commons