What do we mean?
  • Copyright: allows the copyright owner to protect against others copying or reproducing their work.
  • Intellectual property: gives a person ownership over the things they create, the same way as something physical can be owned.

Copyright for Learning and Teaching

What is copyright?

Copyright is one of the main types of intellectual property. It allows the copyright owner to protect against others copying or reproducing their work. Intellectual property gives a person ownership over the things they create, the same way as something physical can be owned.

What does Educational Exceptions mean?

The most important exceptions for education permits the use of any type of work for the purpose of teaching (or as the law puts it: ‘for the sole purpose of illustration for instruction’).

  • Copying must be used to illustrate a point about the subject being taught.
  • You can not copy for entertainment or for an unrelated reason to what is being taught.
  • Exceptions only apply under the following conditions:
    1) The purpose of the use is non-commercial.
    2) Where practical, there should be sufficient acknowledgment of authorship of the work.
    3) The use of the material is fair.
  • The use of the material must be reasonable and proportionate e.g. sharing a short excerpt of documentary to illustrate a point, rather than sharing copies of the entire documentary.
Scenarios where educational exceptions might applyScenarios where educational exceptions don’t apply
Items uploaded to Moodle or captured by Re:View that will only be available to students on your, or related course of study.Anything that is not teaching, such as a public talk.
Teaching sessions where only registered students are in attendance.Any taught session available to non-students of the University.

Top tips

  • Reference and attribute the material used where reasonably possible.
  • Only include material protected by copyright when it will only be accessible to registered students of the University.
  • Do not include (unless under license or with permission) any copyright-protected material in work that will be accessible to non-registered students of the University.

Frequently Asked Questions

Updated on: 2nd August 2020