Copyright and teaching
Most published books, journals, images, and music are subject to copyright restrictions. This page provides information about copyright for teaching purposes.
Copyright and teaching
As an academic you will invariably want to use copyright works in some way to support your teaching. For example, you may want to:
- hand out photocopied or scanned extracts from books and journals
- include images in your lecture slides
- add digitised materials to your reading lists
There are a number licenses and exceptions under copyright law that allow you to use copyright works for educational purposes.
Copyright Licensing Agency's Higher Education licence
The Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) Higher Education blanket licence permits multiple copies of certain types of copyright works to be made for all students on a particular module and for the tutor, but the limitations detailed below will apply.
Your copies must fall within the limits of whichever is the greater, 10% or:
- one chapter of a book
- one article of a journal issue
- one paper of one set of conference proceedings
- one report of a single case from a report of judicial proceedings
- one short story or one poem of not more than 10 pages in an anthology of short stories or poems
Copies can be made from UWE Bristol Library's print or online collections and can be photocopied or distributed electronically via Blackboard.
All digital copying must be reported annually to the CLA, therefore all digitisation requests must be processed by the Library Digitisation Service. The Library Digitisation Service will check your course materials for compliance with CLA HE Licence terms, scan course material for you and advise you of your options where this is not possible.
Below is a list of links to the major licences bought by the University. For further information about these licences, please Ask a Librarian.
There are some exceptions within the law which allow you to copy material under certain circumstances without infringing copyright.
- the use of the work is used solely to illustrate a point
- the use of the work is not for commercial purposes
- the use is 'fair dealing'
- it is accompanied by sufficient acknowledgment
Copying material for use in examinations can also rely on this exception so long as it falls within these criteria.
- A lecturer can take a small number of clips from a DVD or website and put them on Blackboard, accompanied by a sufficient acknowledgement, for students on a particular course to access and use as part of their learning.
- Images, such as photographs of works of art, can be included in a PowerPoint presentation and put on Blackboard as long as their purpose is for illustration. Access should be limited to students on a particular course and for the duration of the course.
- Event capture technology can be used to record a lecture which includes third party copyright material used to illustrate a teaching point. Only so much of the copyright work can be used as is necessary for illustration for instruction. Access to the recorded lecture should be password protected via Blackboard rather than being available openly online.
Copyright in a work is not infringed by the use of a quotation from the work (whether for criticism or review or otherwise) provided that:
- the work has been made available to the public
- the extent of the quotation is no more than is required by the specific purpose for which it is used
As with all exceptions, fair dealing applies and acknowledgment must be given.
This exception allows educational establishments to make copies of extracts of all types of copyright works, except broadcasts and standalone artistic works (such as single images), provided the copy is made for teaching purposes and accompanied by sufficient acknowledgement. No more than 5% of a work can be copied in any period of 12 months.
This exception only applies where there is no licence available for the work. Therefore, for works covered by the Copyright Licensing Agency Ltd (CLA) licence, the copying must be carried out under the terms of the CLA license.
A non-UK publication is excluded under the CLA Licence and there are no other licences that apply. Under this exception, a lecturer could add an extract to Blackboard or a reading lists provided it does not exceed the extent limits of 5% of a work in any 12 month period, and the purpose of copying and making the chapter available is limited to teaching for a non-commercial purpose.
Linking to electronic journals and books rather than copying
Instead of making a copy, you may wish to link to the online item on the publisher's web site in order to avoid infringing copyright and licence limitations. Please use readinglists.uwe.ac.uk and view the Library's Using readinglists.uwe.ac.uk collection on the staff intranet for further information.
Examples of copyright in practice
Copying images for teaching
Finding images to spice up your presentation can be a challenge, Just because an image is easily accessible on the internet does not mean that it is in the public domain as far as copyright is concerned. Fortunately there are lots of images available which have been licensed under Creative Commons licenses. There are different types of Creative Commons license but all of the CC licences require that users attribute the creator of the work.
You can use Advanced search in Google to find images that are licensed for reuse and Creative Commons Search lets you search across a range of CC licensed resources (images and media) provided by various organisations including Flickr and Wikimedia Commons. There are also many other image resources offering copyright-free images that can be used for educational purposes.
The CLA HE Licence also allows the copying of illustrations, graphs, charts, etc., whether full page or embedded within a page, for all students on a particular module. Please get in touch with the Library Digitisation Service if you wish to do this.
Sharing TV and radio recordings
The Educational Recording Agency (ERA) license permits the university to record programmes from a range of TV channels and for them to be recorded onto DVD.
The licence also allows the University to subscribe to the online BoB service, which can be used by most students and staff to record TV and radio programmes, both for teaching and private study, and then to view the programmes in their web browser and via Blackboard.
The ERA licence also permits UWE Bristol students and staff to access and download content from on-demand services such as the BBC iPlayer, 4-on-Demand, ITV Player, Demand 5, and Clic (S4C) for educational purposes. Linking to these services from within Blackboard is permitted, but due to the short-term availability of many of the recordings, BoB may offer a better solution.
As long as the copyright works used in your lecture are covered by a copyright license, an open license such as Creative Commons, or fall under a copyright exception such as illustration for instruction then recording the will not affect your use of these materials. The rules are the same for recorded lectures as they are for live lectures and therefore acknowledgement of the source should always be given and the use of the material should be fair.
It is permitted to use event capture when showing ERA licensed media during a lecture as long as the use is for educational purposes only, however the lecture recording process will only make a very low-grade copy of any videos you show in class via the computer, so this is not a recommended way to make such materials available to your students.
If you wish to use any film and sound recordings including material from on-demand services or Box of Broadcasts in a lecture you want to record, it is best practice to pause the recording during the video or edit these parts out of the recording later (before making available to students). Where web-based video (e.g. Box of Broadcasts or YouTube) has been used in a lecture it is preferable to provide a link instead, as your students will then benefit from the video content outside of the lecture.
Special consideration should be given to the following:
- Film and sound recordings such as ERA licensed recordings or material from Box of Broadcasts if the lecture is intended for overseas viewing, as they should only be accessible within the UK
- iTunes, YouTube or Vimeo material. The copyright resides with the creator of the video, so you would need to obtain permission directly from them (YouTube or iTunes cannot grant this on their behalf). Some of these materials may be available for educational use or under a CC licence. While it may be permissible to show these recordings for educational purposes, you should exclude this content from a recorded lecture and provide a link to the material instead. It is best practice to do this for all web-based video content.
- Unpublished material which has not previously been made available to the public
To discuss your teaching requirements further, please contact the Library.