Generally, the following items can be published on websites, whether for teaching purposes or in the creation of a personal site:
- items in which the copyright has expired - bear in mind that periods of protection vary from country to country, and in the case of out-of-copyright material to be scanned, copyright may exist in the published edition (although published edition copyright is not infringed when copying for educational purposes under statutory licence)
- material in which the copyright is owned by you (not be be confused with physical ownership of the item)
- material you have written permission from the copyright owners to use, specifying inclusion on the identified web page.
Websites for Teaching Purposes
Statutory licensing agreements permit reproduction and communication of set amounts of copyright material for educational purposes. Digital reproductions will need to be registered, and if communicated online, they must be located in eReadings.
Under no circumstances should copyright material be placed on public websites if approval from the copyright owner has not been obtained.
Material appearing on existing websites usually contains statements outlining uses of the material which are permitted, and prohibiting others. Even if sites do not contain an express copyright notice, you will probably need permission to reproduce the work on your website, and permission cannot be implied by the absence of such a statement. Alternatively, you may provide an explicit link to the material you wish to include.
Websites for Non-Teaching Purposes
Websites created for non-teaching purposes are obviously unable to rely on educational copying provisions. A use may come under a fair dealing provision. Generally, creators must gain approval from copyright owners to include copyright material. It is preferable to have this approval in writing (email is sufficient). Examples of request letters are provided in the downloads. Any correspondence must be kept for record keeping purposes.
Updated: 20 February 2012