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Copyright: Copyright Overview

Mae'r dudalen hon hefyd ar gael yn Gymraeg

COVID-19 and Copyright in Online Teaching

You must still consider the content you wish to include in online courses and take a risk based approach to using material that is protected by copyright.  You should consider whether you can legally access and use material under license or covered by the CDPA educational exceptions. These exceptions such as S.32 'Illustration for Instruction' are powerful and we should seek to utilise them when we cannot use a license. 

Think about using e-books; create links to journals in the Library catalogue or use the free Digitisation Service to support online provision for digitised course readings in Canvas.
Visit our Online Library for additional resources to support online teaching.
Search for Open Access content.
See OER Commons, OpenStax or MERLOT for example Open Educational Resources (OERs)
If you need to make a request for a DVD/film for teaching purposes and the content is not available via any of our subscription services, please complete this online form.

Response to RLUK letter by Amanda Solloway MP in relation to copyright and the use of educational materials online during COVID-19.
23/04/2020 (View the letter).

“Another exception (Section 32 CDPA) allows copyright works to be used for illustrative purposes during teaching as long as their use is fair, non- commercial, limited to the persons giving and receiving instruction, and acknowledges rights holders. Many materials used in presentations by teachers, including those which are streamed remotely to students, are likely to fall within this provision”.

Copyright Clearance Service

If you have a copyright enquiry about an item published by Swansea University we may be able to help you to obtain copyright clearance.

Researchers and writers wishing to make use of the collections held in our archives must contact the Richard Burton Archives directly.

Swansea University IP Policy

What is Copyright?

Copyright is an intellectual property that protects original creative works. The owner has exclusive rights that cover reproduction, publication, dissemination or performance of the work.  Copyright is applicable to literary works, dramatic works, musical works, artistic works, film, sound and broadcasts.

Copyright is granted automatically to anything that is written, published, recorded, produced or performed in any form for a specified time period. Copyright covers both printed and electronic material. 

Copyright is a territorial right and different rules are applicable to different countries. The Berne Convention may protect your copyright through international agreements. In the UK copyright law is defined by the Copyright, Designs & Patents Act 1988. There have been many amendments made since, with significant and positive changes introduced in 2014.

Personal Responsibility

Please use this guide to inform yourself about how to legally re-use the work of others, protect your own original work and discover how licenses work. This resource covers basic copyright topics and provides links to authoritative copyright resources.

The guide is intended to empower staff and students to comply with copyright law and the terms of the various licenses that the university has agreed with rights owners or their representatives. As a member of the University you are reminded of your obligation to observe the law relating to copyright and you are encouraged to use the lawful exceptions applicable to the education sector.  Where you undertake activity under the auspices of third-party licenses of which Swansea University is the licensee, the terms of these licenses will be made available to you, and you will be responsible for adhering to them

Think about how you intend to use copyright works in your assignments, your research, your publications, your everyday life. You should respect copyright works whilst balancing your creative use of content to build upon shared knowledge. Infringing activity taking place at the University could lead to legal action and there are reputation and financial risks associated with this. 

If you are not able to find the information you are looking for or have any questions regarding copyright, please get in touch. If you find yourself in a copyright dispute you should seek legal advice. ‚Äč

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Disclaimer / Cymraeg

Mae'r dudalen hon hefyd ar gael yn Gymraeg.

Information is provided for general guidance on copyright issues and should not be construed as offering legal advice.

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