Do your students know that many creative works (such as scholarly articles, photographs, 3D works of art) are protected by copyright, at the moment of creation, for the author’s lifetime plus 70 years?
Copyright is one of a suite of intellectual property rights that gives strong and extremely long-lasting protection to certain works. So, what does copyright mean to you – as an educator, researcher and service specialist? How can you protect your works and reuse the works of others when you need to, ethically, legally, and with confidence? How can you convey this to students?
The University Library provides expert guidance on copyright and licensing, and providing user-friendly help to a broad spectrum of creators and re-users is our top priority. With this in mind, we recently refreshed and relaunched The Copyright Hub, where we provide guidance along with policies and processes, and updates on training sessions and latest sector developments.
We recognise that copyright guidance has to be tailored to audience and activity in order to be useful. In this sense, it complements the Information and Digital Literacy framework wonderfully. We in the Copyright & Licensing Team have been working closely with our colleagues in Library Learning Services to develop and embed copyright guidance through the framework, from showing how to attribute sources correctly (which overlaps with good academic practice) to finding sources of openly-licensed images which are copyright cleared for reuse. We are also developing a series of bite-size videos on copyright basics. Here is the first, and watch this space for more!
By Ruth Mallalieu Library Scholarly Communications Licensing Manager